Specialized cancer surgeries that are less invasive and more appreciated by patients.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women. In 2009, there were 147,000 cases of colorectal cancer in the United States. There were 50,000 deaths making it the number two killer after lung cancer.

A diagnosis of colon or rectal cancer almost always means some type of surgery will be required. If caught early enough, surgery may be all that is required. For other cases, surgery may be part of a treatment plan that includes chemotherapy and/or radiation.

Like other fields of medicine, colorectal cancer surgery continues to improve as new techniques are developed that bring added benefits for patients. There have been several studies conducted demonstrating the benefits and safety of laparoscopic colorectal surgery, making it now the preferred approach in the surgical management of many colorectal diseases.

At the Kendrick Colon and Rectal Center, our dedicated team of board-certified colorectal surgeons is at the forefront of advancements in laparoscopic surgery. More than 70 percent of colon and rectal cancer surgery is performed laparoscopically by our team of surgeons.

More than 70 percent of our colorectal cancer surgeries are performed laparoscopically, compared to less than 30 percent nationally.

The benefits to our patients are less pain, less blood loss, quicker recovery, smaller scars, colon function normalizes faster and shorter hospital stays. Our lengths of stay are some of the lowest in the nation with an average of 2 to 4 days compared to 8 days nationally.

Our team also performs single incision laparoscopy, the most recent breakthrough in laparoscopic colon surgery. Instead of one large incision or multiple smaller ones, this technique involves one single, small incision, which is hidden through the navel. The most obvious benefits for our patients are the lack of apparent scar tissue as well as diminished postoperative pain and lower risk of wound infections and hernias.

In addition, patients find that colorectal cancer surgery rarely means wearing a colostomy bag for the rest of your life. At Kendrick, the vast majority of our colon cancer cases have been treatable without a permanent bag. Even with rectal cancers, as long as our surgeons can save the muscles that control bowel function, a permanent bag usually isnít necessary.