Traditionally, the treatment for colon cancer has required an invasive abdominal incision of 8 to 12 inches long. This meant the patient would spend up to 2 weeks in hospital due to severe postoperative pain. This is followed by an extended recovery period before they can resume their regular activities. Contrarily, a laparoscopic colectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that results in reduced post-operative pain and a faster recovery time. In general, laparoscopic patients can return to their normal routine, including work, within just 1-2 weeks.
As a minimally invasive procedure, a laparoscopic colectomy is performed under general anesthesia. It generally only requires about 3-5 small incisions in total. Following the incisions, surgeons will then inflate the abdomen with carbon dioxide before inserting a compact 3D telescope. The use of the telescope is an invaluable tool for Samitivej’s surgical team. This is because it allows them to clearly see the inside of the abdomen on a 4K monitor. This state-of-the-art technology not only provides enhanced visualization, but it also allows for greater depth perception. With patient wellbeing as our top priority, our surgical team is now able to maximize the precision of the procedure and improve patient safety.