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Laparoscopic Colectomy

Posted On: 07-21-2015
Laparoscopic Colectomy

What is a Laparoscopic Colectomy?

A laparoscopic colectomy involves the removal of the colon. This procedure is performed with a minimally invasive method that utilizes a laparoscope (a small video camera) and small instruments inserted through small incisions.

Also Known As:

·         Colon removal

·         Laparoscopic surgery

Conditions Treated with a Laparoscopic Colectomy:

A laparoscopic colectomy may be performed in cases of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, bowel obstruction, colorectal cancer, large intestine injury, high risk of colorectal cancer and abdominal infection or trauma. 

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to a Laparoscopic Colectomy:

There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to a laparoscopic colectomy. Hemicolectomy, subtotal colectomy and partial colectomy are surgical alternatives to the procedure.

Anesthesia with a Laparoscopic Colectomy:

A laparoscopic colectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure

Potential Complications from a Laparoscopic Colectomy:

Possible risks following a laparoscopic colectomy include infection, bleeding, an incisional hernia and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.

Prognosis after a Laparoscopic Colectomy:

The prognosis for a positive end result following a laparoscopic colectomy is good.

Recovery from a Laparoscopic Colectomy:

Total recovery from a laparoscopic colectomy takes two to three weeks.

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