During surgery, the cancer is removed following sound oncological principles. We remove a small length of healthy colon on either side of the cancer to ensure that no microscopic cancer cells are left behind. In addition, the nearby lymph nodes corresponding to the colon cancer are also removed as cancer can spread to these nodes.
During the surgery, we perform a thorough evaluation to make sure the cancer has not spread.
Minimally Invasive Procedures (MIP) for Colon Cancer
Advancing technology and research have transformed surgery for the treatment of colon cancer in recent years. In the past, most patients underwent open surgery for colon cancer. However, patients now have a better surgery option known as minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery.
During a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure for colon cancer, we make two or three small incisions in the patient’s abdomen for ports. A small video camera is placed in one of the ports and provides a high definition magnified view of the colon and internal organs on a monitor. Specialized laparoscopic instruments are then placed in the other ports, allowing us to work inside and remove the diseased portions of the colon.
Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery for colon cancer has been shown to be better than open surgery because it provides for:
- Quicker recovery time
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less pain
- Less scarring
- Lower rates of surgical site infections
- Back to your life sooner and safer
Patients considering a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery should consult with one of our experienced surgeons to discuss minimally invasive options.
Minimally invasive colorectal surgery has many benefits over open surgery. We specialize in laparoscopic and robotic surgery and are the few in nature who perform nearly 95% of our procedures with minimally invasive approaches.