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Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Laparoscopic Colon Resection (Overview)

Laparscopic resection involves removing the colon using small incisions with long instruments to remove a portion of the colon without a large incision. Minimally invasive is a misnomer in my opiniion because we still perform the same operation on the inside but try to keep the skin incision small. Data shows it is an equivocal approach with faster recovery compared to the open technique.


Dr. Erik Borncamp
27 doctors shared insights

Laparoscopic Colon Resection (Overview)

Laparscopic resection involves removing the colon using small incisions with long instruments to remove a portion of the colon without a large incision. Minimally invasive is a misnomer in my opiniion because we still perform the same operation on the inside but try to keep the skin incision small. Data shows it is an equivocal approach with faster recovery compared to the open technique.


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What is the definition or description of: laparoscopic colon resection?

What is the definition or description of: laparoscopic colon resection?

Minimally invasive: Laparscopic resection involves removing the colon using small incisions with long instruments to remove a portion of the colon without a large incision. Minimally invasive is a misnomer in my opiniion because we still perform the same operation on the inside but try to keep the skin incision small. Data shows it is an equivocal approach with faster recovery compared to the open technique. ...Read more

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How is the equipment used when performing a laparoscopic colon resection?

How is the equipment used when performing a laparoscopic colon resection?

Multiple instruments: First a trocar is inserted with a camera in it so entry into the abdomen is assured. The abdomen is then inflated with carbon dioxide gas. Next an additional two to four trocars are inserted while watched with the camera. Multiple different instruments are inserted through these including graspers, dissectors and staplers to remove the diseased clon segment and place the remaining ends together. ...Read more

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How much quicker is the recovery time for laparoscopic colon surgery over open surgery? I have diverticulitis and my doctor mentioned that surgery is a very real possibility for me. I was researching surgeries and couldn't figure out what the recovery tim

How much quicker is the recovery time for laparoscopic colon surgery over open surgery? I have diverticulitis and my doctor mentioned that surgery is a very real possibility for me. I was researching surgeries and couldn't figure out what the recovery tim

Recovery time varies: Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, smoker or not, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care. Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you. ...Read more

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What to do if I have colon resection surgery?

What to do if I have colon resection surgery?

Question not clear: I am not sure what you're asking. Please clarify your question we ask. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I had a colon resection. about 6 months out. diarrhea :( help?

What do you recommend if I had a colon resection. about 6 months out. diarrhea :( help?

More info needed: Sometimes, diarrhea can be due to bile salts not being absorbed if the beginning part of the colon is resected. It is not clear what was resected and why. ...Read more

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What are co mobidities that require a ventilator after a colon resection? If it is fluid build up from surgery why does that happen

What are co mobidities that require a ventilator after a colon resection?  If it is fluid build up from surgery why does that happen

Copd: Chronic cardiopulmonary disease may lead to vent p-surg. Also large fluid shifts occur p-surgery furthe aggravating cardiac function. Also the abdominal incision impairs diaphragm fxn. ...Read more

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I had a colon resection 13 yrs ago &almost had to have a colostomy 3 yrs ago i was told I have loops what r the chances of not having a colostomy?

For cancer, a: Colostomy used in rectal lesion too low to sew back to remaining colon. "loops" may be segments of bowel trapped by bands of scar. These can lead to intermittent obstruction. Best not to obstruct, but all do not lead to colostomy. The c-section also contributes to adhesions. ...Read more

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Can colon resection(~25cm)lead after few days to complications(e.G.Arteriosclerosis) and eventually to total colectomy within 10days?Is that frequent?

Can colon resection(~25cm)lead after few days to complications(e.G.Arteriosclerosis) and eventually to total colectomy within 10days?Is that frequent?

Deoends: I do not have enough information. Why was the first colon surgery - cancer? Colon surgery does not cause arteriosclerosis but diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity ; elevated cholesterol can. Surgery risks are increased with increased age, diabetes, high bp... If there was already vascular disease before the first surgery, bleeding, anemia, bowel obstruction, emergency surgery...= increased risks. ...Read more

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My husband just had a colon resection. He was on IV dalaudid 2 mg. Every 2-4 hours for 7 days. He is home now. My question is. He says that nothing tastes good.. Everything tastes funny. Could this be a reaction from the dalaudid?

My husband just had a colon resection. He was on IV dalaudid 2 mg. Every 2-4 hours for 7 days. He is home now. My question is. He says that nothing tastes good.. Everything tastes funny. Could this be a reaction from the dalaudid?

Probably not: He is recovering from major surgery and it is possible he may not have the taste for certain foods for a while. This is not uncommon. The combination of surgery anesthesia and other medications may change things for a while , give it time. Call your md and discuss your concerns. ...Read more

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What is distal colon resection and suture line?

Maybe: a normal finding on an x-ray, such as barium enema or CT scan, or a normal finding on a colonoscooy. It shows evidence of healed prior colon resection surgery of the lower colon. ...Read more

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Is a colon resection always necessary following an acute diverticular abscess?

Is a colon resection always necessary following an acute diverticular abscess?

No, but...: ...Each case is unique, and depends on your history of prior diverticulitis, risks of recurrence, underlying complications, response of abscess to conservative management, co-morbidities, etc. ...Read more

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Colon resection of descending colon. How much can be removed and still be reversed ?

Colon resection of descending colon.  How much can be removed and still be reversed ?

What's gone is...: Gone, but can function quite well with what's left. Colon is about 5-6 feet long. Can do well with the remaining amount. Any surgery can cause internal scars (adhesions), which could cause obstructive issues in the future (or not). ...Read more

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I had a colon resection and 1 day home went back to e.R with bad pain resection had come apart. Why?

I had a colon resection and 1 day home went back to e.R with bad pain  resection had come apart. Why?

Many possibilities: It's unfortunate to hear that you have had some complications as a result of your recent surgeries. It is, however, difficult to ascertain why you had such complications. There are many reasons for complications, they can range from the complexity of the case, the skill level of the surgeon, or malfunctions of the tools/hardware used just to name a few. There is also just pure bad luck. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from severe diarrhea after a colon resection?

Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from severe diarrhea after a colon resection?

Depends on: How much of your colon is left. If there is more than sigmoid colon left, bile binding agents can help. But if you only have only rectum left, you can still use motility-reducing agents such as lomotil (diphenoxylat and atropine). But your body will adjust over time. Make sure there is no undiagnosed c difficile infection. Consult with your surgeon or GI specialist. ...Read more

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Why would a doctor want to do a colon resection on a 46 year old man with no history of colon problems?

Why would a doctor want to do a colon resection on a 46 year old man with no history of  colon problems?

Red flag: Surgery is done for a significant benefit to the patient. A risk/benefit analysis is part of the consenting process before any surgery. So if it is not very clear why the surgery is being recommended, then get more information; check out a second opinion, take family/friend with you to discuss the procedure before consenting. Be well. ...Read more

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I had a partial colon resection with appendectomy about 13 years and ever since then I have a pooch where the incision is.

I had a partial colon resection with appendectomy about 13 years and ever since then I have a pooch where the incision is.

Hernia: This sounds like an incisional hernia. In this condition, a weak spot in the surrounding tissue or muscle allows fatty tissue or intestines to protrude. If the fatty tissue or intestines become pinched in this area, it can be a life-threatening problem. A general surgeon could give you more guidance as to whether or not a repair needs to be done. ...Read more

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Dr. Ira Katz
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more