Laparoscopic Colon Resection for Cancer
What is Colon Resection?
This involves removal of part of the large intestine, also known as the colon. This treatment is used for both benign and malignant tumors, as well as varying conditions. It is most effective in halting the spread of colon cancer alleviating persistent pain and discomfort for patients.
How is this procedure performed?
- Traditional open procedure
- Laparoscopic procedure; the surgeon makes several small incisions, inserts a laparoscope and small surgical instruments into the area to remove the colon. Intestinal organs will be viewed on a monitor during the procedure to guarantee precise removal, leaving room for minimal harm to surrounding healthy tissue.
Considered just as safe as traditional surgery, most patients with colon cancer are high candidates for laparoscopic colon resection.
What are the advantages of the Laparoscopic Colon Resection?
Advantages may include:
- Smaller incisions
- Reduced recovery time
- Reduced visibility of scaring
- Lesser intensity level of pain
- Diminished bleeding
- Return to daily activities within a week of surgery
What complications can occur?
- Leaking where the colon was repairing back together
- Blood clots
- Infection in the mesh may cause it to be removed or replaced