Surgery is often considered to be the best treatment for removable colorectal cancer when detected in the early stages. Your colorectal surgeon Dubai will evaluate the tumour and will check its location as well as its size. He would then suggest the best kind of surgery for curing, in fact eliminating your colorectal cancer out of open or laparoscopic surgery.
Out of the two types of surgeries mentioned, it was the open surgery that has been used as the most conventional method used for removing tumors. But with advancements in technology, laparoscopic and robotic surgeries have become quite popular. This is because the surgeons use small incisions or cuts to perform the surgery, and therefore decrease the recovery time. However, your healthcare team must be involved when deciding the kind of surgery you will be undergoing. Factors like surgeon’s experience, patient’s health, etc. should be taken into account before opting for the surgery type for colorectal cancer treatment.
In this article, we shall be discussing the various types of surgery options used for removing colorectal cancer.
Laparoscopic surgery (minimally invasive)
Several tiny incisions are made during laparoscopic surgery. In this specialized minimally invasive surgery, the surgeon makes use of several incisions (usually 0.5-1 cm in length) and insert in which the surgeon uses several small abdominal incisions (0.5-1 cm) to insert surgical instruments inside the abdominal cavity and also to put in the laparoscope (which is a long thin tubular instrument with a camera on one end) so that the view of the abdomen can be seen on the video monitors.
For removing the tumor, the surgeon makes a 3 cm long cut. The surgical instruments act as extensions of the surgeon’s hands for removing cancer (tumor). This operation takes more time and precision as the surgeon observes the abdomen and manipulates the equipment by viewing the monitors.
In open surgery, the surgeon will make a large cut into the abdomen for removing the tumor. He would also cut a portion of the rectum and healthy colon and remove the nearby lymph nodes that may be affected by cancer. He would also check the remaining liver and intestine to see if cancer has spread. The recovery time will be affected (it will be larger in this case) because of the larger cut on the abdomen.