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Removal of a segment of the colon is a major operation whichever way it is performed. With conventional surgery, an incision of 6-10 inches and hospitalization of a week or more are typical. We use laparoscopic techniques to perform the same operation through a number of tiny incisions. The result is shortened hospitalization (in some cases as few as two days), significantly less pain and much earlier return to normal activity.

This surgery is commonly performed for diverticulitis of the colon, for inflammatory stricture of the small intestine in or near the colon (e.g. Crohn’s disease), or for colonic tumors. It is well accepted now that laparoscopy is as equally effective as conventional surgery for the treatment of colon cancer.

Most patients will need a colonoscopy, CT scan or both as part of their investigation before surgery. On occasions it is necessary to repeat the colonoscopy and mark (or tattoo) the colon that is to be removed to make the affected segment of bowel visible during laparoscopy.

 

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