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Innovative Colorectal Surgery

Paulette Reveiz of Des Moines was one of the first patients in the Midwest to experience an amazing improvement in colorectal surgery--single incision colectomy, the removal of a cancer tumor
through one small incision.

“There was practically no recovery at all,” she says. “I took pain medication for a couple of days and then went home.”

Colorectal surgeon John Byrn, MD, says single incision laparascopic colectomy is another big step in the evolution of minimally invasive surgery. By using one small incision rather than four or five small incisions like the standard laparascopic approach, the procedure has a number of benefits for patients including:

  • Reduced wound infection rates
  • Reduced hernia rates
  • Reduced re-admission
  • Reduced hospital stays

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