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Laparoscopic Colectomy (Total)

Laparoscopic colectomy (total) is a surgical procedure performed to remove the entire colon (large intestine) using minimally invasive techniques. It is often recommended for individuals with conditions affecting the entire colon, such as extensive inflammatory bowel disease, certain types of colorectal cancer, or severe diverticular disease. The laparoscopic approach involves making several small incisions in the abdomen and using a laparoscope (a thin, flexible tube with a camera) and specialized instruments to perform the surgery.

Who Needs Laparoscopic Colectomy (Total)

Laparoscopic colectomy (total) is typically recommended for individuals with conditions that affect the entire colon and do not respond to medical management or require immediate surgical intervention. Some common reasons for this procedure include:

  • Ulcerative Colitis: A chronic inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation and sores in the lining of the colon and rectum.
  • Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP): An inherited condition that leads to the development of numerous polyps in the colon and rectum, increasing the risk of colorectal cancer.
  • Colorectal Cancer: In cases where the cancer affects a large portion of the colon, total colectomy may be necessary to remove all cancerous tissue.
  • Diverticular Disease: A condition in which small pouches (diverticula) form in the wall of the colon, leading to inflammation or infection.


When to See a Specialist

If you have been diagnosed with a condition affecting the entire colon and have been recommended for a total laparoscopic colectomy, it is essential to consult with a specialist, such as a colorectal surgeon. They will evaluate your medical history, perform necessary tests and examinations, and discuss the benefits and risks of the procedure to determine if it is the best treatment option for you.


  • Anesthesia: You will be given general anesthesia to ensure you are asleep and pain-free during the surgery.
  • Placement of Ports: The surgeon will make several small incisions in the abdomen and insert ports through which the laparoscope and other surgical instruments will be passed.
  • Visualization: The laparoscope is inserted through one of the ports, providing a magnified view of the abdominal organs on a monitor.
  • Dissection and Mobilization: The surgeon will carefully dissect and mobilize the colon from surrounding tissues, ensuring all blood vessels and connections are identified and preserved.
  • Division of Blood Supply: The blood supply to the colon will be ligated or stapled to prevent bleeding during removal.
  • Removal: The entire colon will be removed through one of the incisions, and if necessary, the rectum may also be removed.
  • Formation of Stoma (Optional): In some cases, a stoma (a small opening) may be created on the abdominal wall to divert waste, which may be temporary or permanent.
  • Closure: The incisions will be closed with sutures or surgical staples.


Road to Recovery

Recovery after laparoscopic colectomy (total) may vary from person to person, but in general, it involves the following:

  • Hospital Stay: You will typically stay in the hospital for a few days after the surgery for monitoring and pain management.
  • Pain Management: You may experience some pain and discomfort at the incision sites, but your healthcare team will provide pain medication to manage it.
  • Diet: Initially, you will be on a clear liquid diet, gradually progressing to a soft diet as tolerated. Your healthcare team will guide you on the appropriate diet plan.
  • Activity: You will need to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities for several weeks to allow the incisions to heal properly.
  • Follow-up: Regular follow-up visits with your healthcare team will be scheduled to monitor your recovery and address any concerns.


Risk Management

Laparoscopic colectomy (total) is generally considered safe, but like any surgery, there are potential risks and complications, including:

  • Infection at the incision sites or inside the abdomen
  • Bleeding
  • Damage to surrounding organs or structures
  • Blood clots
  • Adverse reactions to anesthesia
  • Bowel obstruction


Benefits of Laparoscopic Colectomy (Total)

  • Minimally Invasive: Laparoscopic colectomy offers smaller incisions, resulting in less post-operative pain, shorter hospital stays, and quicker recovery compared to traditional open surgery.
  • Complete Removal: Total colectomy ensures the entire colon is removed, eliminating the risk of recurring conditions affecting the colon.
  • Improved Quality of Life: For individuals with chronic conditions such as ulcerative colitis or FAP, the surgery can provide significant relief from symptoms and improve overall quality of life.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Will I need a stoma after total laparoscopic colectomy?

In some cases, a stoma may be created, either temporarily or permanently, to divert waste. However, not all patients require a stoma, and it will depend on the specific condition and extent of the surgery.

2. How long does it take to recover after laparoscopic colectomy?

Recovery time varies from person to person, but most individuals can resume light activities within a few weeks and return to normal activities within 4 to 6 weeks.

3. Are there any dietary restrictions after the surgery?

Your healthcare team will provide specific dietary guidelines to follow during your recovery, gradually transitioning from a clear liquid diet to a soft diet as you heal.

4. Are there any long-term effects of total colectomy?

Total colectomy can lead to changes in bowel habits, but with proper dietary adjustments and lifestyle modifications, most people can lead a normal life after surgery.

5. Will I still need regular check-ups after the surgery?

Yes, regular follow-up visits with your healthcare team are essential to monitor your recovery, address any concerns, and ensure the success of the procedure.

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