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Laparoscopic colon surgery is a procedure in which the surgeon performs surgery to abdominal organs through a few small incisions in the abdomen. The surgeon then uses a small camera which displays an enlarged image of the internal organs onto a screen, to prevent the need for a large incision and direct viewing of all of the internal abdominal organs. This surgical technique is minimally invasive, and patients recover generally quickly from laparoscopic colon surgery.
Some of the common advantages of laparoscopic colon surgery to invasive colon surgery can include less scarring from the incisions, a quicker recovery period, less pain following the operation, and a quicker return to normal digestive activity such as eating, drinking, and bowel function. However, not everyone is a candidate for laparoscopic colon surgery, and you should talk to your doctor about the best options for you.
Complications following laparoscopic colon surgery, as with any procedure, are a possibility. However, they are generally uncommon for laparoscopic colon surgery. Possible complications following the surgery could include infection, scar tissue that could possibly form an intestinal block, or the incision reopening.
Before your laparoscopic colon surgery, you can expect some preliminary steps. These will include blood work, and other general testing and evaluation to ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. You will need to empty your colon and rectum completely before surgery by drinking a special cleansing solution, and possibly a special diet of clear liquids and laxatives before your procedure. You will also be prescribed antibiotics prior to the procedure to reduce risk of infection. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully before surgery.
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