Minimally Invasive & Laparoscopic Surgery

During laparoscopic surgery, surgical instruments and a tiny camera are inserted through small ports in the abdomen.

Laparoscopic surgery is the standard of care for the majority of colorectal procedures. The Division of Colorectal Surgery uses laparoscopic techniques for 90% of its colon surgeries. Compared to open surgery, the benefits of laparoscopy include: less postoperative pain and therefore less pain medication, faster healing for a quicker return home, and smaller, less noticeable scars.

Our surgeons have earned national and international recognition for their expertise in minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery, and routinely train other surgeons across the country. Our overall surgical outcomes are highly favorable compared to national averages.

During laparoscopic surgery, the abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide gas to lift the abdominal wall away from the internal organs. Hollow cylinders called ports are inserted through 1/2" to 1" insertions in the abdominal wall to provide access for the surgical instruments. These ports have valves that permit insertion of instruments but prevent the carbon dioxide from escaping. The laparoscope, a fiber-optic telescope, is inserted through one port and attached to a camera. It sends images from the abdominal cavity to television monitors placed for easy viewing by all the operating room personnel. Thus, the surgeon and his or her assistants can view the abdominal cavity and its contents. Through the remaining ports, long-handled instruments are used to perform fine dissection, cutting, and suturing.