Laparoscopic Colon Resection
Laparoscopic colon resection surgery is an alternative to open traditional surgery methods for some people.
General anesthesia is used for laparoscopic colon resection surgery, so you will not be awake for the procedure. Your surgeon will make several small incisions in your abdomen. Carbon dioxide gas will be inserted into your abdomen through an incision to inflate the area and increase the workspace and view for your surgeon. Your surgeon will use the laparoscope and thin surgical instruments to remove the diseased section of your colon. The healthy segments of the colon are reattached in a procedure called an end-to-end anastomosis. When the surgery is complete, the carbon dioxide gas is removed, and the incisions are closed with stitches and bandaged.
You can expect to stay in the hospital about two to four days following your procedure. With laparoscopic surgery, you can expect less pain, less scarring, and the return of normal bowel function earlier than with traditional open surgery methods. Most people are able to return to work in about two to three weeks.
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