A left colectomy is the
removal of part or all of the left colon. A proctosigmoidectomy
is the removal of the sigmoid colon and at least part of the
rectum. These operations are performed for the removal of
cancers, certain non-cancerous growths, or complicated
diverticulitis. If surgery is the form of treatment your doctor
recommends, physicians at the Laparoscopic Surgical Center of New York can
determine if laparoscopic surgery is appropriate for you.
Laparoscopic Left Colectomy and Proctosigmoidectomy 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. Additional small
incisions are made in the abdomen through which the surgeon
inserts very small specialized surgical instruments. The surgeon uses these
instruments to perform the operation. Following the procedure,
the small incisions are closed with sutures or surgical tape.
What Are the Benefits of Laparoscopic Surgery?
- Four or five tiny
scars instead of one large abdominal scar.
- Shorter hospital
pain after the operation.
- Shorter recovery
time and quicker return to daily activities, including work.
What Can I Expect
You will receive
instructions on post-operative activity and suggestions for your
diet. It is important to follow your doctor's instructions after
surgery. You will need to take it easy for four to six weeks.
How Safe Is
If performed by
experts in this field, laparoscopic left colectomy and
proctosigmoidectomy are as safe as "open" surgery in
carefully selected cases.