COLON CANCER SURGERY
During surgery, the cancer is removed in accordance with sound oncological principles. We remove a small length of normal 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 the 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 a 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
Some Medical Advice
Minimally invasive colorectal surgery has many benefits over open surgery. We specialize in laparoscopic and robotic surgery and are the few in the nature who perform nearly 95% of our procedures with minimally invasive approaches.
– Dr. Eric Haas
Chief, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Houston Methodist Hospital
WHat to ask your surgeon about surgery
Yes. In fact we are double board certified by both the American Board of Surgeons as well as the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
Yes – We routinely perform several laparoscopic colon procedures each week.
We perform over 95% of our procedures laparoscopically.
Our surgeons have performed well over 1000 laparoscopic and robotic colectomies since 2004 which makes us one of the highest volume practices in the country.
Among the benefits, our patients recover sooner, require less pain medication, tolerate a diet and are discharged from the hospital much earlier than patients undergoing open surgery. Most of our patients are able to return to work within 2 or 3 weeks coma red to 2 or 3 months following open surgery.
Nearly all patients are candidates for this procedure – even if you have had previous open abdominal procedures or have many medical diseases.
As with any colon or general surgery there are several potential risks which we will discuss with you on an individual basis. However, we have seen significantly fewer risks with our patients following laparoscopic surgery – including a much reduced risk of wound infections.
This refers to the situation where you begin the surgery laparoscopically and must convert to the open technique for various reasons. Our rate of conversion is less than 5%.
Most of our patients are ready to leave the hospital in 2 or 3 days following surgery. This compares favorably to open surgery which usually requires 7 to 9 days.
Yes. We maintain a prospective patient database which allows us to review and present our patient outcomes. We have published our results in numerous medical journals over the last 10 years and have se of the best outcomes int he country with very low complication rates.