Laparoscopic Colorectal Procedures Offer Quicker Recovery and Minimize PainThe minimally invasive technique of laparoscopy is now used to treat a wide range of colorectal diseases. Laparoscopy achieves the same results as traditional surgery, but patients recover faster and experience less pain.
Because laparoscopic colorectal surgery requires extensive and highly specialized training, few surgeons are qualified to perform these procedures. The physicians of Colon & Rectal Clinic are among the few surgeons board certified to use laparoscopic surgery in the treatment of colon conditions including diverticulitis, Crohn´s disease (occurring in the small intestine as well as the colon), chronic ulcerative colitis, constipation, and sigmoid volvulus.
Our surgeons also use laparoscopy to repair rectal prolapse, remove non-cancerous polyps, and treat some types of colon cancer.
When is a Laparoscopic Colorectal Procedure Right for You?Virtually all patients who need colorectal operations are candidates for laparoscopy. There are a few patients, however, who require the open procedure.
Before recommending any procedure CRC surgeons carefully review each patient´s condition. lf you are a candidate for colorectal laparoscopy, your surgeon will discuss the benefits, risks, and possible complications of the operation.
How are Laparoscopic Colorectal Procedures Different?Minimally invasive surgery begins with three to five small incisions through which your Colon & Rectal Clinic surgeon manipulates the surgical instruments to perform the same procedures done in a traditional open colorectal procedure.
In a small percentage of cases-about 1 in 20 (only 5 percent) — your physician will be unable to complete a procedure laparoscopically and must revert to an open procedure. Under these circumstances a traditional approach is used.
Preparing for the Laparoscopic Colorectal ProcedureLike all patients undergoing traditional colorectal surgery, you must follow a clear liquid diet the day before your operation. The night before surgery you will begin taking antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection as a result of the procedure.
Because colorectal laparoscopy is performed under general anesthesia, you cannot eat or drink anything after midnight the day before the surgery. You will enter the hospital on the morning of your procedure and in some cases, may be released the same day or within two days.
Recovering from the Laparoscopic Colonoscopy or ProcedureIn the hours following your procedure, you will experience some pain from the small incisions made to perform the procedure. In a day or two, you will be able to drink liquids. By the third day, you should be able to eat solid foods.
When you return home, typically four or five days after surgery, you will be able to care for yourself. You should be able to return to work and normal activities within two to four weeks of your surgery. You can return to work, and resume your regular fitness routine or sports. After a few months, the surgical incisions will be barely visible.
We have several convenient CRC locations in Houston. For more information on laparoscopic colorectal procedures, contact the Colon & Rectal Clinic nearest you.