Options in Colon Surgery
There are numerous options in colon surgery, depending on the area of the colon that requires treatment, the specific disease to be addressed and the patient’s previous medical history. At Missoula Surgical Associates, we use the following techniques to perform colon surgery:
Laparoscopic Colon Surgery – This procedure utilizes specialized tools and an instrument known as a laparoscope to perform colon surgery through a number of tiny incisions. A special camera is placed into the abdomen that allows the surgeon to see the surgical site without completely opening up the area. Laparoscopic surgery results in less discomfort afterward and a shorter recovery period. However, it is not recommended for all patients.
Robotic Colon Surgery – This revolutionary surgical technique takes advantage of a robotic system to improve the precision and control during colon surgery. The team at Missoula Surgical Associates uses the da Vinci robotic system to remove portions of the colon with even less trauma to the body than laparoscopic procedures. Specialized wristed instruments and 3D imaging allow for better vision and control throughout the surgery.
Open Colon Surgery – This traditional form of colon surgery is still the best option for some patients. Open surgery requires a larger incision that allows the surgeon to see directly into the surgical site. This procedure may be used when the entire colon must be removed or in cases where the amount of damage to the colon cannot be fully determined with other techniques.
Colon surgery is a major procedure that often involves a minimum of a one-night stay in the hospital and a few days to weeks of downtime after the procedure. You want a surgeon for your procedure who is experienced in all types of colon surgery, thus ensures you have the best surgical techniques used to give you the greatest possible outcome. To learn more about colon surgery options, contact the experienced team at Missoula Surgical Associates today at 406.542.7525.