LIVEWELL MINUTE: Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
This year, about 100,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with colon cancer and more than 90 percent of them will need surgery to cure it. Colon surgery is highly invasive and normally requires a lengthy hospital recovery. But a new procedure, minimally invasive laparoscopic colon surgery, is now available at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.
Dr. Michael Page, M.D., Colorectal Surgeon, The Iowa Clinic says, “With this new colon surgery, we make just three small incisions for a video ‘eye’ and surgical instruments, plus a three-to-four inch incision to remove part of the colon. Conventional colon surgery has required a ten-inch long abdominal incision. So, this procedure is a huge improvement for patients.”
A 2004 study in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that when performed by experienced surgeons, laparoscopy provides a safe and effective alternative to standard colorectal surgery.
Dr. Page says, “Most patients can expect to be active and walking the day afterwards, and be discharged from the hospital within two to five days able to eat a general diet, and with return of bowel function.”