Colon Surgery

Diverticular disease, polyps, ulcerative colitis and cancerous tumors may necessitate removal of part of the large intestine, or colon. The affected section is removed and the two ends of the colon are reattached to recreate a functioning colon. This colon resection surgery has traditionally been performed using “open” technique, requiring a large incision. Some surgeons will do “laparoscopic-assisted colon surgery” which means the colon is freed of attachments utilizing minimally invasive technique, but then brought out through a 4-6 inch incision to be resected and reattached before replacement into the abdomen. Dr. Finley is a leader in performing the entire procedure with minimally invasive technique using very small incisions. The colon is freed of attachments, the affected segment resected and the ends reattached within the abdominal cavity. The diseased portion of colon is then placed into a sterile specimen bag and removed through a 1.5 – 2 inch incision. Although this intra-abdominal technique is more technically demanding, the benefits to this approach are significant because it allows for quicker recovery, less pain and scarring and better overall outcomes for the patient. Laparoscopic surgery for colon cancer is safe and effective in treating the cancer, but only 15-20% of the nation’s surgeons use this technique for colorectal surgery. Dr. Finley also utilizes this approach for surgery of the small intestine.