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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 Anwar Owais

Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon

MBBS MD FRCS

BMI The Ridgeway Hospital

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Mr John Bunni

Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon

M.B., Ch.B (Honours), Diploma in Laparoscopic Surgery, FRCS [ASGBI Gold Medal]

BMI Bath Clinic

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Mr Chelliah Selvasekar

Consultant General, Laparoscopic & Colorectal Surgeon

MBBS, MD, FRCS (Ed, Glas), FRCS Ed (Gen. Surg)

BMI The Alexandra Hospital

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Mr Stuart Gould

Consultant Surgeon

BSc (Hons), MBBS, FRCS (Gen), ATLS

BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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Mr Arijit Mukherjee

Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon

MBBS, FRCSI, FRCS (General Surgery)

BMI Ross Hall Hospital 1 more BMI Carrick Glen Hospital

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Mr Ben Hornung

Consultant General & Colorectal Surgeon

BSc (Hons), MBChB, MD, FRCS

BMI The Alexandra Hospital

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