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Laporoscopic Surgery for Inflammatory Disease

UW Health Colon and Rectal Surgery specialists in Madison, Wisconsin provide comprehensive evaluation and surgical treatment of diseases of the colon, rectum and anus.


Laporoscopic Surgery for Inflammatory Disease


Traditionally, surgery for inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory bowel (Crohn's) disease, diverticulitis and ulcerative colitis required a large incision down the middle of the abdomen.


Less-invasive laparoscopic surgical techniques were first used for benign colon disease in the early 1990s and has been used in the UW Health colon and rectal surgery program for more than 10 years. Laparoscopic surgery requires the abdomen to be inflated with carbon dioxide for the insertion of small access ports. A telescope attached to a camera is inserted through the ports into the abdomen. Instruments are then passed through the ports and used to manipulate the small and large intestines.


Benefits of Laparoscopy


Patients who have a laparoscopic operation have a shorter postoperative length of stay and fewer postoperative complications.


UW Health Surgical Experience


UW Health colon and rectal surgeons have performed more than 150 restorative proctocolectomy operations for ulcerative colitis using the laparoscopic approach and hundreds of laparoscopic operations for other benign diseases of the colon and rectum.


Candidates for Laparoscopy


Laparoscopy may not be an option for every patient. Reasons for not offering a laparoscopic operation include morbid obesity and previous abdominal operations. UW Health surgeons can help in determining if laparoscopy is a viable approach.