What are the Pros and Cons of Laparoscopic Colon Surgery?

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Laparoscopic colon surgery is a type of surgical procedure that uses small incisions and remotely controlled medical equipment to operate on a patient. It is commonly used in surgeries like laparoscopic colon resection and laparoscopic colectomy. The procedure has several pros and cons that may be considered. For its advantages, the operation is relatively non-invasive with faster recovery time and minimal trauma. On the other hand, the equipment and expertise needed to perform the surgery usually makes it more expensive. It is also risky for complicated operations when compared to traditional colon surgery.

Since laparoscopic colon surgery requires small incisions to the abdomen, it is less invasive compared to conventional open surgery. The organs can be accessed without doing much damage to the body. As a result, laparoscopic colon surgery aftercare is better.

An average laparoscopic colon surgery normally takes between two to three hours, which is significantly less than open surgery. Only a minimal anesthetic dosage is needed which usually reduces the risk of anesthetic-related complications. Post-operative trauma is also diminished after a laparoscopic procedure, necessitating less use of pain relieving medication.


Hospital stay after laparoscopic surgery is typically between one to three days, with majority of patients being discharged after twenty-four hours. In most cases, the patient is able to move around a short time after surgery. Additionally, a quicker hospital discharge saves cost as well as being better for a patient from an emotional point of view. Other advantages of laparoscopic abdominal surgery include a more rapid return of normal bowel function and solid food diet. Finally, postoperative scarring is less which for many people is very important.

Surgeons who conduct laparoscopic surgery often undergo additional training. This is because the equipment is more complicated than the surgical implements used in open surgery. The specialized equipment used may also lead to a higher surgery cost. Moreover, there are hospitals that do not have the necessary equipment for this kind of surgery.

Not everyone is a candidate for laparoscopic colon surgery, including patients with substantial fat deposits between the organs or who are prone to excessive bleeding. Also, patients that have already had operations in the abdomen may not be good candidates for the surgery. This is due to the scar build-up from the previous operation that can prevent the equipment from functioning properly.

There are a number of complications of laparoscopic colon surgery. The two most common are excessive bleeding and infection. In addition, the confined working area may cause the organs adjacent to the colon to unintentionally get injured.


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Post 4

There is no comparison to the benefits of a laparoscopic surgery and one where they have to cut you open.

I have had both kinds of surgeries, and would always prefer a laparoscopic surgery. The last procedure I had was a colon resection surgery.

There are usually unpleasant complications you have to deal with after a surgery like this. If you were trying to recover from a major surgery at the same time, I can understand how it would be such a slow process.

My doctor was able to do this as a laparoscopic surgery, and it was like night and day compared to the other surgeries I have had.

Post 3

When my aunt had a hysterectomy scheduled they were initially planning a laparoscopic hysterectomy. They told her ahead of time that they might have to do an open surgery if they were not able to accomplish what they needed to.

Until she woke up from the surgery, she didn't know how it was going to be done for sure. They ended up doing an open surgery on her because they ran in to some complications.

It is better to be safe than sorry, and even though her recovery time was slower, the surgery took care of her problems.

I think the pros of having a laparoscopic surgery would be the same no matter if it was a colon surgery or any other kind of surgery.

Post 2

@John57 - That is too bad you had to have an open surgery done when so many people are able to have a laparoscopic surgery.

I recently had a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery and was amazed at how fast I recovered. This was scheduled for first thing in the morning, and I was leaving the hospital later that afternoon.

This was the first surgery I have ever had, so I don't have anything else to compare it to. I was sore and tender for a few days, but it didn't take long before I was back to normal.

It is amazing how they can perform these surgeries like this, and you can leave the hospital on the same day.

Post 1

My body seems to build up a lot of scar tissue, and I have had two abdominal surgeries. When I had to have colon cancer surgery, my doctor did not want to do laparoscopic surgery because of the scar tissue I already had.

I was frustrated by this because I knew my recovery time would be longer and more painful. Instead of leaving the hospital after a couple of days, I ended up being there for almost a week after my surgery.

My doctor said if I had to have any more abdominal surgeries in the future, they would probably be done the same way. I sure hope that is the last time I have to have any kind of surgery done.

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