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Large and Small Intestine Cancer

What kind of surgeries are offered at Dr. Muffi Digestive Health Institute to treat stomach cancers?

We perform all procedures that may be required for treatment of various stomach cancers; our services include endoscopic surgery as well as laparoscopic procedures like wide local excision and partial and total gastrectomy

What are the advantages of doing laparoscopic colorectal surgery over open surgery?

The surgical cuts in laparoscopic colorectal surgery are much smaller and there is less handling of the intestines during the procedure. Thus, you will experience less pain and can move around much faster and more easily. This, in turn, contributes towards your quick recovery.

How long will I need to stay in the hospital and how long is the recovery?

The surgery may last 1 to 3 hours, depending on the condition of the disease being treated and the procedure being performed. On an average, you will be discharged 4 to 6 days after the surgery. You can resume your normal routine within 1 to 2 weeks post the surgery, including activities such as climbing stairs, going back to work, driving, etc.

Is there anything else I need to know?

As the colon and the rectum needs to be completely empty before surgery, you will be given a liquid medication to drink that will cleanse your intestines prior to surgery. You may also need to be on a liquid diet for a few days before the surgery. A few patients with colon/rectal cancer may require the creation of a stoma, i.e. a part of the small or large intestine may need to be brought out on to the skin either temporarily or permanently. If this is required, our surgeons at Dr. Muffi Digestive Health Institute will explain it to you in detail prior to surgery.