What to ask if you are considering laparoscopic colorectal surgery

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  • Do you perform minimally invasive colon surgery?
  • How many laparoscopic colon operations have you performed?  

Based upon the COST trial, pre-requisite experience should include at least 20 laparoscopic colorectal resections for benign colon disease or metastatic colon cancer before using the technique to treat curable cancer.  

  • Have you received advanced training in laparoscopic surgical techniques?
  • Who preceptored you and how many cases?
  • Has your training been registered with the ALS/ACPGBI database?
  • What have you seen in terms of patient outcomes?  
  • What is the most common complication you have encountered?
  • Am I a candidate for a laparoscopic colon procedure?
  • What are the benefits of “minimally invasive” colon surgery?
  • What are the risks associated with this procedure?
  • What will my recovery time be like following this procedure?

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