Colon Resection
Gallbladder Surgery
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Heartburn (GERD)
Intestinal Surgery
Left Colectomy
Liver Disease
Malignant Breast Disease & Axillary Lymph Node Surgery
Perineal Resection
Rectal Prolapse
Right Colectomy
Small Bowel Resection
Total Abdominal Colectomy

Left Colectomy

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.

How Are Laparoscopic Left Colectomy and Proctosigmoidectomy Performed?

Laparoscopic surgery 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 stay.
  • Reduced pain after the operation.
  • Shorter recovery time and quicker return to daily activities, including work.

What Can I Expect after Surgery?

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 Laparoscopic Surgery?

If performed by experts in this field, laparoscopic left colectomy and proctosigmoidectomy are as safe as "open" surgery in carefully selected cases.

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