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What happens in laparoscopic surgery for colorectal cancer?

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Laparoscopic surgery is a method of surgery that is much less invasive than traditional surgery. Tiny incisions are made to create a passageway for a special instrument called a laparoscope. This thin telescope-like instrument with a miniature video camera and light source is used to transmit images to a video monitor. The surgeon watches the video screen while performing the procedure with small instruments that pass through small tubes placed in the incisions.

SOURCE: American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 14, 2017

SOURCE: American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 14, 2017

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