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Division of
Gastrointestinal Surgery
Colon Diseases
Dr. Allen Bar
Dr. Bar
Amy Cha
A. Cha
Steven Raper
Dr. Raper
Ian Soriano
I. Soriano
David Wernsing
Dr. Wernsing
Noel Williams
Dr. Williams

Minimally invasive surgery or laparoscopic surgery has now been applied to the diseases of the colon and rectum. In this form of surgery, large incisions are not necessary and 3 to 4 tiny incisions are used with introduction of telescopes and instrumentation which allows surgery to be carried out in a minimally invasive way. At this point in time, all benign diseases of the colon including inflammatory bowel disease, diverticular disease, in some instances benign polyps can be removed by this technique. In this situation patient post-operative recovery is much shorter and pain is less. Patients therefore get back to work sooner with less disruption of lifestyle. At this time, we have not included malignant diseases in our laparoscopic colon surgery.

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Hospital University of Pennsylvania (HUP)
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700 Spruce Street - Garfield Duncan Building (PAH)

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