What Is Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery?
Any conditions involving the colon and rectum fall under colorectal diseases. Conditions may be mild, easily treatable via medications and lifestyle modifications; or severe, requiring surgery.
Colorectal surgery may be done open or laparoscopically, the latter being the preferred choice because of its minimally invasive nature and fewer risks involved.
Benefits of Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
The main difference between open and laparoscopic colorectal surgery is the means through which the abdominal organs are accessed. Keyhole surgery avoids large, open wounds, opting instead for smaller incisions about 0.5 to 1.5cm in length. This results in:
- Reduced pain and bleeding
- Shorter hospital stays
- Quicker recovery period
- Less scarring
- Lower risk of blood loss and injury
- Lower risk of complications
Can My Colorectal Cancer Be Removed Using Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery?
Majority of colorectal cancers can be safely removed with laparoscopic colorectal surgery. Many international multi-centre trials have proven that this form of resection is as good as open operations for cancer clearance. However, not all cancers can be removed using this technique. Please check with us to see if this procedure is suitable for your specific condition.