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Candidates for Laparoscopic Colon Surgery

Laparoscopic colectomy is recommended as a preferred approach compared to open colectomy because of the following laparoscopic colectomy benefits:

  • small incisions
  • greater cosmesis
  • less pain
  • less ileus
  • less hospital stay
  • quicker recovery time
  • possibly reduced hernia and adhesion (scarring) risk

Candidates for laparoscopic colectomy include patients with the following:

Patients Generally Deemed Poor Candidates

  • Colon cancer (advanced tumors)- large tumors, cancers causing bowel obstruction, colon cancers growing into other abdominal organs, and colon cancers with metastases have been excluded from the laparoscopic colon cancer trials for fear of high recurrence.
  • Diseases involving the transverse colon- colon tumors and polyps in this location require advanced technical expertise and have been excluded from the laparoscopic colon cancer trials. **
  • Adhesions- scar tissue from prior surgery makes a laparoscopic colon operation more technically difficult with more potential complications. **
  • Obesity – laparoscopic colon surgery has been associated with higher complications in this group of patients because it is more technically difficult. **

** Dr. Blumberg has pioneered a new technique which allows these more complicated patients to undergo laparoscopic colon surgery safely and successfully!  View his pioneering work at www.mmdnewswire.com/laparoscopic-colon-surgery-5454.html

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