Laparoscopic Colon Cancer Surgery Explained

What can I expect from laparoscopic colon cancer surgery

laparoscopic colon cancer surgeryLaparoscopic colon cancer surgery is a minimally invasive procedure. Surgeons use several small incisions instead of a large one. Doctors insert special instruments through these incisions to perform the internal operation. Because this procedure is less invasive than traditional surgery, patients leave the hospital sooner. Dr. Barry Feig talks about the advantages of laparoscopic colon cancer surgery in this video.

To learn more about colon cancer surgery watch “Colorectal Cancer Surgery Types & Factors” with Dr. Mark F. Kozloff.

Video Transcripts

Barry Feig, MD: Laparoscopic colon surgery hopefully advances our recovery process a little bit, you know, forward fashion. We think that patients can get out of the hospital a little bit sooner, so the average hospital stay is three to five days as opposed to four to six days. The patients initially can start on liquids if not regular food on the night of surgery depending on how long the procedure is and how extensive the surgical dissection is. The patients typically leave the hospital and can back to more normal activity over the next one to two weeks. Again if their normal activity requires strenuous or physically demanding labor then may be another week or so longer, but in general the patients can get back to normal activity within two weeks after leaving the hospital.

Barry Feig
Dr. Barry Feig is a surgeon in Houston, Texas and is affiliated with University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for 30 years. He is one of 48 doctors at University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center who specialize in Surgery.
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