New Advance in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery

Posted: May 03 in Surgery Blog tagged by Staff

A recent advance in laparoscopic surgical techniques for colon and rectal cancer diseases has been developed. Those contemplating laparoscopic surgery in Ft. Myers as treatment for colorectal cancer may only need one skin incision, as opposed to multiple cuts thanks to this new surgical advancement.

Colorectal surgery is performed to treat a variety of illnesses including:

  • bowel obstruction
  • colon cancer
  • diverticulitis

Over the past 20 years there have been a number of advances in surgical techniques, providing patients with shorter recovery periods and reduced pain. Many operations are able to be performed laparoscopically, only requiring three to five minor incisions, but now there is reason to believe that a number of operations will be performed through just a singular incision in the near future.

Single-Site Laparoscopy is the newest advance in minimally invasive surgery.

These minimally invasive incisions greatly improve the cosmetic results of the surgery, resulting in minimal scarring. Single-site laparoscopy or SSL allows surgeons to treat problems such as cancer removal through a single skin incision as opposed to multiple incisions. Surgeons are able to do so by creating a single incision placed in the belly button leaving the wound barely visible post-surgery. Much like typical laparoscopic surgery, SSL will expedite recovery even more and will greatly limit postoperative pain.

Patients who undergo SSL are often able to begin eating solid foods again the evening of their surgery; though in some situations it could take longer. Also, many patients will be able to walk without much difficulty the day of their operation. SSL allows patients to be discharged from the hospital in as little as 72 hours following their surgery.

This new advancement in combination with sphincter-sparing techniques allows many patients to evade a stoma or external rectal pouch for bowel movements, which increases quality of life following surgery. The technique of SSL is still quite new, but nonetheless represents the commitment of colorectal surgeons to provide better experiences for their patients through technical innovation.

If you have any additional questions regarding laparoscopic surgery as treatment for colorectal diseases, it’s important to consult your surgeon for further discussion.

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