Laparoscopic surgery, also known as minimally invasive surgery (MIS), is a state-of-the-art technique in which surgical procedures are performed with the assistance of a video camera and several thin instruments through significantly smaller incisions than traditional “open” surgery.
Nearly all abdominal colorectal procedures have been performed using minimally- invasive techniques. These operations include surgeries for cancer, diverticular disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, severe constipation, and rectal prolapse.
Although any operation is associated with risks, laparoscopic colon and rectal surgery has been demonstrated through multiple published studies to be as safe as traditional open surgery, when performed by a surgeon proficient with minimally-invasive surgical techniques. The surgeons at ACRS are recognized leaders in performing minimally invasive abdominal colon and rectal procedures safely and efficiently due to their advanced specialized fellowship training and high operative volume. In other words—ACRS surgeons are experts at MIS because they were trained at some of the most celebrated training programs in the world and because they do these surgeries frequently.
The most important priorities for any patient requiring surgery are (1) to undergo a procedure that is safe and (2) to undergo a procedure that is effective. These two criteria usually can be met while keeping the incisions small. However, the surgeons at ACRS are not going to compromise the safety or effectiveness of a surgery merely to avoid several inches on an incision. Stated differently, a bad operation through small incisions is still a bad operation. Some patients—whether due to their past surgical history (multiple abdominal surgeries) or their current disease processes (severe abdominal inflammation)—are simply not good candidates to undergo MIS. These decisions do not represent “failure,” but rather good surgical judgment. Talk to your ACRS physician for more information.