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What is a laparoscopic total abdominal colectomy?

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A laparoscopic total abdominal colectomy is an operation that removes the large intestine. Doctors use it to help treat conditions including:

  • Inflammatory conditions of the intestine, such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Familial polyposis, an inherited (hereditary) condition in which hundreds to thousands of polyps (small growths) form along all of the large intestine

Laparoscopy is a type of surgery that's done through very small cuts in the abdomen using a tool with a small camera on it to see inside you.

SOURCES:

Fichera, A. J Gastrointest Surg, July 2011. Epub, Feb. 19, 2011.

Laparoscopic Surgical Center of New York. 

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 19, 2020

SOURCES:

Fichera, A. J Gastrointest Surg, July 2011. Epub, Feb. 19, 2011.

Laparoscopic Surgical Center of New York. 

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 19, 2020

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