During laparoscopic colon resection, a few small incisions will be made by the surgeon to insert a laparoscope, or thin flexible tube with a camera on the end, into the patient's abdomen. The surgeon will insert the specially designed surgical instruments through the other incisions and perform the resection inside the patient’s body while viewing the procedure on a screen with a video feed from the laparoscope. In some situations, part of the colon may be fed through an incision for the surgeon to treat it outside of the body. During a colectomy, either all or part of the colon or large intestine is removed. Laparoscopic colon surgery or resection has been available for some time, but few doctors have the training and skill to perform this delicate procedure. Most colon surgeries are carried out in open surgery, which carries additional risks. Dr. Huguet is one of the few surgeons in the United States with expertise in this less invasive procedure.
Laparoscopic colectomy has a number of benefits when compared to traditional open surgery including:
Colectomies are used to treat a variety of common colon disorders including Crohn’s disease, polyps in the colon, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis and colonic tumors. This procedure can also be used to treat severe bleeding from the colon or bowel obstructions.
Following surgery, the patient will be taken to a post-anesthesia care unit to recover for a couple of hours. The patient will be transferred to a hospital room after this initial period, where vital signs will be monitored regularly. Patients will stay in the hospital until he or she is able to eat a regular diet, make a bowel movement, and pass gas. The surgeon will provide additional advice on activity levels, advice, and postoperative care.
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