Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery is more commonly known as “key-hole” surgery. It involves removing parts of the colon or rectum through small incisions made in the patient’s abdomen. With the use of new techniques and equipment, we can now remove both benign and malignant colon and rectal lesions through these small incisions. In fact, laparoscopic colorectal surgery is fast becoming the preferred option for colorectal cancer operations.
What are the advantages of Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery?
As the incisions are smaller, there is less pain after the operation. Patients are able to mobilise much earlier and this results in shorter hospital stays. Compared to the long abdominal scars of open operations, there is usually much less scarring after laparoscopic surgery. There is also a lower risk of incisional hernias and adhesions.
What are the types of Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery?
- Full laparoscopic colorectal surgery
- Hand-assisted laparoscopic colorectal surgery
- Single-incision laparoscopic surgery
- Robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery
Does Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery require special training?
Surgeons have to be specially trained for laparoscopic colorectal surgery, as the skill-sets and equipment are completely different from open operations. Dr Kam was trained in the Department of Colorectal Surgery, SGH and is skilled in all types of laparoscopic colorectal surgeries. In his previous role as Director of Robotics & Minimally-invasive surgery, Dr Kam had organised numerous international workshops and trained many of the next generation of surgeons in laparoscopic colorectal surgery.
Can my colorectal cancer be removed using laparoscopic colorectal surgery?
Majority of colorectal cancers can be safely removed with laparoscopic colorectal surgery. Many international multi-centre trials have proven that this form of resection is as good as open operations for cancer clearance. However, not all cancers can be removed using this technique. Please check with us to see if this procedure is suitable for your specific condition.
Dr Kam Ming Hian, Kam Colorectal Centre
The article above is meant to provide general information and does not replace a doctor's consultation.
Please see your doctor for professional advice.