Laparoscopy (Minimally invasive surgery) for Colon and Rectal Diseases with state of the art operative equipment
Minimally invasive or laparoscopic surgery involves performing surgical procedures using several small incisions (about an inch) to allow your surgeon to place specialized devices called “ports” through the abdominal wall. A small television camera used for visualization is then placed through one of these incisions. An additional 2-5 small incisions are made to carry out the procedure using specialized instruments. This is much different than the traditional approach, which uses a much longer incision to perform the same procedure.
The proven benefits of minimally invasive or laparoscopic surgery include:
- reduced pain
- earlier return of bowel function
- quicker discharge and return to normal activities
- lower risk of infection
- better cosmetic result and less scarring
- reduced blood loss
It is a safe and effective way to perform most procedures and has significant advantages. Sometimes one of these incisions is enlarged slightly to allow removal of a piece of intestine.
At USC, all of our surgeons excel at performing laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgery. Our surgeons are some of the world experts in this technique. We offer it wherever possible to appropriate surgical candidates. It has dramatically reduced the amount of time our patients spend in the hospital, the amount of pain patients experience, and overall satisfaction with surgery. In addition, we have in place an enhanced recovery protocol which has further reduced the amount of time patients need to spend in the hospital. To learn more about expectations during a hospital stay, see the forms and downloads section of our website.
Finally, we offer 3-dimensional laparoscopic procedures for appropriate candidates:
USC Surgeon Explores 3-D Visualization
By Ryan Ball,
July 2, 2012