Each year, more than 600,000 surgical procedures are performed in the United States to treat a number of colon disorders. Although surgery is not always a cure and always a least resort, it is often the best way to stop the spread of disease and alleviate pain and discomfort. Patients undergoing colon surgery often face a long and difficult recovery because the traditional “open” procedures are highly invasive where surgeons are required to make a long incision. An open surgery results in an average hospital stay of a week or more and usually six weeks of recovery.
A technique known as minimally invasive laparoscopic colon surgery allows surgeons at New Jersey Bariatric Center® to perform many common colon procedures through small incisions. Depending on the type of procedure, patients may leave the hospital in a few days and return to normal activities more quickly than patients recovering from open surgery.
What to Expect
In most laparoscopic colon resections, New Jersey Bariatric Center® surgeons operate through four or five small openings (each about a quarter of an inch) while watching an enlarged image of the patient’s internal organs on a television monitor. In some cases, one of the small openings is lengthened to two or three inches to complete the procedure.
What Are the Advantages of a Laparoscopic Colon Resection?
Though the results may vary depending upon the type of procedure and patient’s overall condition, common advantages include:
- Improved cosmetic results
- Less postoperative pain
- May result in a faster return to solid-food diet
- May result in a quicker return of bowel function
- May shorten hospital stays
- Quicker return to normal activity
Excerpted from Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons’ Task Force on Patient Information.