Sometimes, healthcare needs extend beyond an exam room and a routine checkup and require a special procedure or some kind of surgical intervention. KMG surgeons perform a variety of endoscopic procedures.
Laparo-endoscopic single site (LESS) surgery is a minimally invasive approach to laparoscopic surgery wherein surgery is performed through a single incision confined to the umbilicus. Olympus offers an integrated product line for LESS surgery including single port access devices, high definition and 3D deflectable tip laparoscopes, advanced hand instruments, and state-of-the-art surgical and tissue management platforms.
LESS (Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site) surgery is the result of natural evolution of minimally invasive surgery in which the number of small abdominal incisions required to complete the surgery has been reduced to just one incision, usually umbilical. Depending on the indication, this incision can be kept as small as 1.5 cm.
A wide range of procedures is routinely performed via single port access across the fields of general, urologic and gynaecologic surgery. For general surgery this includes cholecystectomy, which has now been completely standardised for LESS in the same way as the 4-port cholecystectomy. In addition colorectal and bariatric procedures are increasingly performed through just one small incision. In urology, certain indications for nephrectomy are suitable for LESS. For gynaecology, any adnexal surgery or hysterectomy may be performed as a LESS procedure.
The key to being able to perform laparoscopic surgery through a small incision at a single site is the use of dedicated ports such as TriPort+, TriPort15 and QuadPort+. The use of the 5 mm deflectable tip videolaparoscope (Flex5) and dedicated (curved) instruments (LS HiQ+) greatly facilitate LESS surgery.
Colon cancer most often begins in polyps (noncancerous growths) that develop on the lining of the colon and rectum. Research has shown that up to 90 percent of colon and rectal cancers can be prevented by simply finding and removing polyps before they become cancerous.
If you have any of the following symptoms, see your doctor immediately.
- Bleeding from the rectum
- Blood in or on the stool
- Change in bowel pattern
- Stool that is narrower than usual
- Diarrhea, constipation or both
- Bloating, fullness or general stomach discomfort
- Frequent gas pain
- Constant tiredness
- Weight loss for no apparent reason
Source: The Stop Colon/Rectal Cancer Foundation