Minimally invasive colorectal surgery

Our surgeons use minimally invasive techniques, namely laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, to perform most colorectal operations, as well as hernia and gallbladder surgery.  Laparoscopic surgery enables major operations to be undertaken through small abdominal incisions.  Ports, 5-10mm in diameter, are placed through these incisions.  A laparoscope (straight fibre optic camera and light system that attaches to a high definition television screen) is passed down one of the ports, the others being used to insert operating instruments.  This allows the surgeon to perform the same operation that would be traditionally done through a single large incision.

The benefits of laparoscopic surgery are reduced pain, improved cosmesis, lower incidence of wound infections, and fewer incisional hernias.  Occasionally, operations cannot be performed using keyhole techniques; in this case the surgeon will convert the procedure to a conventional open operation.

All our surgeons have undergone advanced laparoscopic training.  They will be happy to discuss with you what having your surgery performed by this technique will involve.

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