Surgeons at New York Presbyterian Hospital will demonstrate a new technique for surgical treatment of colon polyps that cannot be removed during normal colonoscopy during a live webcast on June 20, 2007.

  • Advances in Colorectal Cancer Therapies
  • June 20, 2007
  • 8:00 P.M. (Eastern Daylight Time)
  • Jeffrey W. Milsom, MD, Richard L. Whelan, MD, Alfred I. Neugut, MD, PhD, Joseph T. Ruggiero, MD
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York NY

Polyps (adenomas) found during colonoscopy need to be removed to prevent their developing into colon or rectal cancer.  They also need to be examined more carefully for existing cancer cells.

However, some polyps in difficult-to-reach places or those that are flat against the colon wall cannot be removed during colonoscopy.  Traditionally, open abdominal surgery was necessary to remove and biopsy them.

New York Presbyterian doctors have developed a laproscopic approach to locating and removing these polyps.  Abdominal laproscopy is combined with colonoscopy, and carbon dioxide is used to inflate the colon during the procedure.

The new technique avoids lengthy three to seven day hospital stays for recovery after open surgery.  Most patients will be able to go home in less than a day.

Webcast viewers will be able to email questions during the surgery.  Replays are available online after the live date.

To see the webcast go to the NY Presbyterian Live Webcast site on June 20th at 8:00.

The webcast programming is managed by OR-Live.

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