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Abdominal Surgery: Treatment | Singapore General Hospital

Abdominal Surgery - What it is

Abdominal Surgery - Symptoms

Abdominal Surgery - How to prevent?

Abdominal Surgery - Causes and Risk Factors

Abdominal Surgery - Diagnosis

Abdominal Surgery - Treatments

Most abdominal surgeries done are for cancers. Infrequently they are performed for conditions such as diverticular disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, chronic constipation or rectal prolapse.

Procedure

There are 2 ways that abdominal surgery is performed: (1) Open Approach and (2) Laparoscopic Approach.

  1. Open approach

  2. The cut is made through the abdomen. This may be vertically downwards or horizontally across your abdomen, depending on the nature of the disease.

    The diseased part of the colon is then approached. The blood vessels that supply this part of the colon is cut and tied off. If this is an operation for cancer, the lymph nodes are also carefully removed.

    Removing part of the colon is called colectomy. Numerous names of operation such as right hemicolectomy, left hemicolectomy and sigmoid colectomy all refer to removing a different part of the colon. Abdominal Surgery at Singapore General Hospital

  3. Laparoscopic Approach

  4. This differs from the open approach described above in that the abdominal cavity is visualized through a fibre-optic camera (called the laparoscope) inserted through a small 1cm hole at the umbilical region instead of a long cut. Several specialized instruments are then inserted though 3 – 4 tiny holes about 0.5cm to 1cm in size (hence the name “key-hole” surgery) to remove the diseased part of the colon. Only a small cut is made at the end of the surgery to retrieve the specimen. In some situations, following insertion of the laparoscope, the surgeon may find that the diseased portion of the colon is unsuitable for removal via the laparoscopic approach and convert the surgery to an open approach. 

Is stoma always necessary?

Most operations do not require a stoma.

Abdominal Surgery - Preparing for surgery

Abdominal Surgery - Post-surgery care

Abdominal Surgery - Other Information

Where to Seek Treatment

The medical institutions within SingHealth that offer consultation and treatment for this condition include:

Singapore General Hospital
Outram Road, Singapore 169608

Online : Request Form
Email : appointments@sgh.com.sg
Call : +65 6321 4377

Overseas Referrals:
Online: Request Form
Call +65 6326 5656
The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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