Colon Resection (Laparoscopic Colectomy)
Laparoscopic colectomy is a procedure that allows the surgeon to work inside the abdomen via a number of small incisions and remove part of the colon. The colon is joined using staples either inside or outside the abdomen.
Resection of the rectum (Laparoscopic anterior resection or total mesorectal excision - TME)
Laparoscopic TME is used in the setting of rectal cancer where the tumour is resected laparoscopically with surrounding lymph nodes. The colon is then joined to the rectum with staples. In certain circumstances a temporary diverting colostomy is formed and closed 6 weeks after primary surgery.