Southern Cross North Harbour Hospital - General Surgery
Private Surgical Service
Laparoscopic: several small incisions (cuts) are made in the abdomen and a narrow tube with a tiny camera attached (laparoscope) is inserted. This allows the surgeon a view of the colon and, by inserting small surgical instruments through the other cuts, part or all of the colon can be removed.
Open: an abdominal incision is made and part or all of the colon is removed.