Laparoscopic surgery (also known as minimally invasive or "keyhole surgery") has significant advantages for patients as it produces smaller scars and faster recovery times. It is however technically demanding so that few hospitals in the UK presently perform advanced surgical procedures using this technique.
Colchester General Hospital has one of the highest concentrations of advanced laparoscopic expertise in the country.
This, combined with our two Storz OR1 integrated laparoscopic operating theatres, means that we are probably performing more advanced laparoscopic surgery than anywhere else in the country.
As well as the standard advanced laparoscopic operations such as common bile duct exploration, hernia repair, fundoplication and splenectomy, we regularly perform laparoscopic oesophagectomy, gastrectomy, nephrectomy and pyeloplasty and are performing around 150 laparoscopic colorectal resections per year for benign and malignant disease.
Our general surgeons are fully trained in advanced laparoscopy; we have a laparoscopic fellow supported by Ethicon UK and several laparoscopic nurse practitioner posts. As well as the standard laparoscopic procedures, all of the surgeons regularly carry out major laparoscopic resections for both benign diseases and cancers.
The training we offer
Colchester General Hospital has been teaching minimally invasive surgery for many years and holds regular monthly courses and master classes at both a national and international level.
We are recognised as a teaching centre by the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland and all of the present surgeons are recognised as preceptors (advanced teachers) by the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland.