During minimally invasive procedures, our surgeons use a laparoscope, which is a thin, hollow tube with a video attached to the end, to see an image of gastrointestinal tract. Special surgical instruments allow the operation to be performed through a few small incisions without the need to have open incisions in the abdomen.
Minimally invasive surgeries require fewer and smaller incisions than those needed for traditional, open surgery. These smaller incisions allows patients to experience less postoperative discomfort, less scarring, reduced risk for infection, shorter hospital stays, fewer physical restrictions, and shorter recovery times. The majority of minimally invasive surgeries are performed under general anesthesia and as an outpatient procedure.
At Yale Colon & Rectal Surgery, the following procedures are performed with minimally invasive techniques:
Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
Laparoscopic colon surgery is used to treat colon cancer, diverticulitis, and polyps. In cases used to treat colon cancer or diverticulitis, the diseased part of the colon is removed and the healthy segments of the colon are reattached (known as an end-to-end anastomosis). Large and small polyps can be completely removed while leaving the colon wall intact.