treatment for many intestinal disorders requires a long abdominal
incision and a lengthy recovery period. Laparoscopic surgery has
been used for several years to treat gallbladder and gynecologic
problems. The Laparoscopic Surgical Center of New York is now using laparoscopic techniques to
perform intestinal surgery for many patients.
Who Is a Candidate for
Laparoscopic Intestinal Surgery?
Anyone with a condition
that requires removal of a large part of the intestine, including
diverticulitis, Crohn's disease, some colorectal cancers, and
rectal prolapse, may be a candidate for laparoscopic intestinal
If surgery is the form of
treatment your doctor recommends, physicians at the Laparoscopic Surgical Center who specialize in this procedure can determine if
laparoscopic surgery is appropriate for you.
Laparoscopic Intestinal Surgery Performed?
uses a thin, telescope-like instrument called a laparoscope,
which is inserted through a small incision at the umbilicus
(belly button). The laparoscope is connected to a tiny video
camera--smaller than a dime--which projects a view of the
operative site onto video monitors located in the operating room.
The abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide, a gas, to allow your
surgeon a better view of the area he or she is operating on. Two or three
additional small incisions are made near the laparoscope through
which the surgeon inserts very small specialized surgical instruments. The
surgeon manipulates these instruments to perform the operation.
Following the procedure, the small incisions are closed with
sutures and covered with surgical tape.
What Are the
Benefits of Laparoscopic Intestinal Surgery?
- Three or four tiny
scars instead of one large abdominal scar.
- Shorter hospital
stay--many patients leave less than a week after surgery.
pain after the operation.
- Shorter recovery
time and a quicker return to daily activities, including
What Can I Expect
It is important to
follow your doctor's instructions after surgery. You will need to
take it easy for two to four weeks.