Compared to the traditional "open" procedure, the minimally invasive approach for colectomy offers:
Traditional colon surgery requires a long incision, leaving a noticeable scar. A laparoscopic colectomy requires several small incisions, which result in less conspicuous scars.
When compared to an "open" colon surgery, laparoscopic colectomy reduces costs by an average of $5,000-$15,000.20,48 Additionally, there is a 5.93% complication rate compared to 8.56% for a traditional "open" colectomy.48 This reduces costs associated with complications. There is also a lower rate of postoperative infections with a laparoscopic colectomy, which may also contribute to a cost savings.48
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