Band-aid colon surgery, is a revolutionary colorectal surgical technique pioneered and
perfected by Dr. David Blumberg, a Board Certified General and Colorectal Surgeon while in
the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Most colon operations are performed either via a full length abdominal incision open colectomy
or an incision half the length of the abdomen, partially laparoscopically ("laparoscopic-assisted
colectomy"). Dr. Blumberg has the unique experience, expertise, technical instrumentation and
track record of performing the entire colon operation laparoscopically (total laparoscopic
Dr. Blumberg refers to this cutting edge technique as "band-aid colon surgery" due to the use
of incisions no greater than 1-2 inches. Instead of making an incision the full length of the
abdomen, laparoscopic colon surgery involves just three to four small incisions. This novel
approach to laparoscopic colon surgery results in less discomfort, quicker recovery, and
improved cosmetic look. In many cases, recovery time is reduced by half. The approach assures
successful treatment of patients' illnesses while minimizing the trauma of traditional
For a full description of how colon surgery is performed completely laparoscopically, see
How We Do It. Click here to see two live television broadcasts of
Dr. Blumberg's pioneering efforts in this field.