Minimally invasive abdominal and colon and rectal procedures are new techniques that use small incisions. They result in decreased bleeding, reduced hospital stays and shortened recovery time for patients. Not all patients are candidates for minimally invasive surgery and may require open surgery.
- Laparoscopic Colectomy: During this procedure, your surgeon will make small incisions and insert small ports through which a light, camera and instruments on long shafts can be introduced. With these instruments, the colon segment is resected. One incision is slightly larger, to permit extraction of the colon from the abdomen. Then the open ends of the colon are put together, called an anastomosis. The use of smaller incisions reduces post-operative pain and recovery time. This is a change from the traditional version of this surgery, which uses one large incision.
- Laparoscopic Repair of Rectal Prolapse: This procedure is used to treat rectal prolapse. The rectum is freed, pulled up into the pelvis, and fixed to the sacral bone. Using a minimally-invasive technique, patients find recovery times are faster and post-operative pain is reduced.
- Robotic Surgery: A type of minimally invasive procedure that uses the da Vinci ® Surgical System–a sophisticated platform designed to expand the surgeon's capabilities. Robotic surgery can be used to treat numerous colorectal conditions depending on the best treatment option. With the use of small incisions, surgeons are more precise and patients have shorter recovery times.
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MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
Center for Digestive Disease
9000 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237