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Laparoscopic colectomy

If you suffer from ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease, a laparoscopic colectomy is a minimally invasive procedure to help you feel better.

What is a laparoscopic colectomy? 

A laparoscopic colectomy is a procedure aimed at patients suffering from ulcerative colitis or Crohns disease whose conditions cannot be managed by medical treatments such as steroids.

How does a laparoscopic colectomy work? 

As opposed to a traditional open surgery, a laparoscopic colectomy allows surgeons to look at the internal organs on a monitor thanks to a laparoscope which lights up and magnifies the structures inside the abdomen. The surgeon will make 4 small cuts in the abdomen, introduce instruments through these ports and remove the large intestine (colon) through a small cut in the abdomen. This minimally invasive surgery will also involve making a stoma/side passage. The time in hospital is seven days and recovery is between 4 and 8 weeks.

Laparoscopic colectomy vs. open colectomy:

The advantages of a laparoscopic colectomy as opposed to open colectomy are:

  • Smaller cuts
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Quicker recovery
  • Small or unnoticeable scar after 8 weeks
  • Faster return to normal diet and normal activities
  • Subsequent surgery in the abdomen is easier because there is less scar tissue/adhesions

Specialists Offering Laparoscopic colectomy

Mr Nasir Iqbal

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon

MBBS MRCSI, Dip MIS (France) FRCS( General & Colorectal Surgery)

BMI The Beaumont Hospital 1 more BMI The Highfield Hospital

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Mr Richard Stevenson

Consultant General & Colorectal Surgeon

MBChB, PhD, FRCS(Ed), MFST(Ed)

BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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Mr Steven James Arnold

Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon

BSc, MBBS, MSc, FRCS

BMI The Hampshire Clinic

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Mr Muti Abulafi

Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon

MS (Lond), FRCS (Eng)

BMI Shirley Oaks Hospital

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Ms Lynn Stevenson

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon

MBChB University of Aberdeen 2001 Masters in Medical Law (MML) University of Glasgow 2009 FRCS(Ed) Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2010

BMI Albyn Hospital

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