Laparoscopic Colectomy

Laparoscopic colectomy is removal of a portion of the colon (large intestine) with minimally invasive ‘keyhole’ surgery and the aid of a camera. A small incision is made in the abdominal wall near the navel, through which a laparoscope, a flexible lighted tube with a camera attached, is inserted to view the colon. The surgery is carried out with instruments inserted in other small cuts in the abdomen. The colon is extracted using another slightly larger incision. The remaining ends of the colon are reattached. Laparoscopic colectomy permits a shorter hospital stay and shorter recovery time with less pain. It is not suitable for all patients who need colon surgery.

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