Minimally Invasive Colon Surgery Techniques Yield Better Results and Faster Healing Times

September 3, 2009

“New laparoscopic colon resection techniques have many advantages over the traditional open procedure. Patients who have had the laparoscopic procedure have smaller incisions, shorter recovery periods and lower complication rates. It’s a great advancement in our field.”

Carolyn Day, MD, FACS
Board Certified General Surgeon

For patients who need to have surgery on a section of their colon, the latest minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical techniques can help decrease the chance of complications while increasing recovery time.

According to Carolyn Day, MD, a general surgeon who specializes in colon and hernia procedures, “While colon resection surgery can be necessary for anyone, patients with colon or rectal cancer, polyps, diverticulitis, or Crone’s disease are typically at the highest risk of developing conditions that require surgical intervention.”

As Dr. Day explained, “The procedure involves inserting a narrow cannula, a hollow tube through which a camera can be inserted, into the abdomen. This allows me to visualize the portion of the colon that I’ll be working with on a monitor. Other instruments are then inserted through several tiny incisions, so I can free the diseased section of colon, remove it through the existing incisions, and reattach the two open ends of the colon. Using this technique allows the  surgeon to handle the bowels much less, which is always preferable. When you handle the bowel, it can cause a band of scar tissue on the colon called an adhesion. Avoiding excess handling of the bowels promotes quicker return to normal diet and bowel functioning.”