Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
During minimally invasive laparoscopic colon surgery all of the major steps previously done through a large open wound are now performed through tiny dime-sized incisions without opening the abdomen to the air. We use high definition cameras and specialized instruments to safely complete the surgery. Because surgical scar is minimal and trauma is greatly reduced, patients have much less pain and a far quicker and safer recovery.
Dr. Haas has been performing laparoscopic colorectal surgery for over 15 years and was one of the pioneers in minimally invasive colorectal surgery.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery
We perform 95% of our procedures using laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery which places us among the most experienced and highest volume surgeons in the country. There are many proven benefits of minimally invasive surgery compared to traditional open surgery:
Since the surgical scan is much smaller, there is much less trauma to the tissues and therefore much less pain. Our patients recover without taking large amounts of opioid pain killers and recover much quicker than open surgery.
Since the size of the incision is so much smaller and the tissues are handled in a much more delicate fashion when compared to large open surgeries, the infection rates have been proven to be far lower.
Video magnification during laparoscopic and robotic surgery offers us enhanced visualization and exposure of the diseased colon and its surrounding vessels and nerves. As a result, delicate maneuvers can be performed which results in better outcomes and lower complications versus open surgery.
Minimally invasive surgery has allowed us to complete the surgery with far less bleeding. The need for blood transfusions is significant lower following our procedures when compared to open surgery.
A 2 inch incision leaves a considerably smaller scar and improved cosmetic results than the 12 to 16 inch incision used during open surgery. It has been shown that because the scar is so much smaller, the rate of hernias following laparoscopic surrey is far lower as well.
Patients are started on a diet the same night of surgery, take much less pain medications and are encouraged to get out of bed and walk right away. Following open surgery, most patients sit in bed for days taking high doses of pain killers which can result in nausea, vomiting and delayed ability to eat and recover.
Following laparoscopic and robotic surgery, our patient are placed on an enhanced recovery pathway which allows speedy and safe recovery. Most of our patients are ready to leave the hospital in just 2 or 3 days compared to a stay of over one week following open surgery.
The recovery once you leave the hospital is also much faster. Most patients are able to return to work or travel within 2 to 3 weeks versus 2 to 3 months after open procedures.