Is laparoscopic colectomy recommended for every patient?
No. While it entails a series of significant benefits, laparoscopic colectomy is not recommended for every patient who struggles with a disease affecting their colon, as the extent of their disease, as well as their overall health, may not allow it.
Every year, over 600,000 surgical procedures involving the colon are performed in the United States. There are numerous diseases, which can affect the colon, such as diverticulitis, polyps, cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Laparoscopic colectomy entails the removal of the damaged portions of the colon through small incisions made in the abdomen. The benefits of the laparoscopic surgical approach include minimal scarring, reduced postoperative pain, shorter recovery time, and a lower risk of complications.
Nevertheless, not all patients who suffer from a disease occurring on their colon qualify for laparoscopic surgery, as there are cases in which the surgeon needs to perform a traditional procedure to reach the entire portion of the colon which was affected by a disease. Sometimes, the surgeon cannot remove the damaged parts of the colon through the small incisions entailed by laparoscopic surgery, in which case traditional surgery will be recommended to the patient.