Laparoscopic colorectal surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is a technique that enables surgeons to look into the abdomen with a specialized camera and remove diseased parts of the colon or rectum without making a large incision. Whereas traditional open surgery often requires incisions that measure 8-12 inches, laparoscopic surgery is performed with 2-4 inch incisions.

In comparison to traditional open surgery, the use of laparoscopy has been shown to result in less pain, fewer infections, and less time in the hospital recovering from surgery.

While a very useful and appealing technique, laparoscopic surgery may not be appropriate for all patients with colorectal disease.

laparoscopy (photo)