Minimally-invasive colorectal surgery

Also known as: Colorectal surgery, minimally-invasive, Laparoscopic colorectal surgery, Colorectal surgery, laparoscopic

Surgery to remove cancer is almost always the main treatment for colorectal cancer. The type of surgery depends on the size and location of your cancer.

Instead of needing a large incision in the abdomen, laparoscopic surgery requires only three to six small incisions. The surgeon inserts a camera, or laparoscope, and other operating instruments through these incisions to perform the operation. Because the incisions are smaller, there usually is less pain and recovery is faster. In some cases, the surgeon may make one or two of the incisions a little bigger during surgery in order to complete the procedure, but the opening is still far smaller than in an open resection.

Providence Colorectal Cancer Surgery Program offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and minimally-invasive surgical options for patients with cancer of the intestinal tract, rectum, anus or peri-anal area.

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