Laparoscopic Colectomy For (Benign and Malignant Disease)

What is Laparoscopic Colectomy?image of woman in late 40s smiling

A laparoscopic colectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that removes all or part of your colon, the large intestine. A colectomy treats or prevents diseases and conditions that harm your colon such as cancer, inflammatory diseases, blockages, traumas, or bleedings. The laparoscopic method involves several smaller incisions that allow ports, small tubes, to give access to the doctor’s tools and a camera to get a clear image of the condition. This specific procedure is made to reduce pain and recovery time for patients.

If possible, this treatment will be done robotically.  The benefits are less pain and less tissue manipulation.  For more information, please visit davincisurgery.com.

Your Initial Consultation

You will undergo necessary advising to assure a safe and successful procedure before your procedure where I will provide feedback for any concern you may have. You will participate in several tests, which will include blood tests, x-rays and ultrasounds of the colon. At this time, you will need to inform us of any medicines, vitamins and other supplements you are currently taking. You will need to stop taking aspirins and other specific drugs that can cause a higher risk of excess bleeding during your surgery and recovery period. We will also advise you to prepare your home to allow the best mobility for you and safest environment to allow a proper and quick recovery.

The Surgical Procedure

Laparoscopic colectomy includes the following steps:

  • Anesthesia is used to put you to sleep and assure a pain-free procedure
  • Several small incisions are made in the abdomen to allow ports, small tubes, to be inserted into the body
  • Medical tools are placed through the ports, and a camera is used through one to get a clear image of the condition
  • In a partial colectomy, the diseased portion is removed through the ports and the loose ends are then sewn together
  • In a total colectomy, the entire colon is removed through the ports and the end of the small intestine is connected to the rectum
  • At the end of either procedure, the incisions are closed up and bandaged.

Recovery Expectations:

The laparoscopic procedure will allow for a faster recovery in comparison to an open procedure. Varying from patient to patient, you may stay in the hospital to rest for a few days to up to a week until you regain your bowel function. When you are able to return home and rest, we suggest light walking to assure a successful recovery. Follow your suggested diet to help your intestines recover, and in 2 weeks you will be able to resume light activities like driving and return to work. Refrain from heavy lifting and rigorous exercising for about 4 to 6 weeks.

Schedule your Consultation

If you would like to meet with Dr. Shah to discuss your options, please contact our practice today. Dr. Shah will be happy to answer your questions.

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