I've scanned through some threads and have gotten some useful info about bowel resection surgery, but did not see much opinion one way or the other about the method.
My husband has an upcoming sigmoid resection (diverticulitis) which will be done as an open surgery. The doctor explained his reasons why (already open in case complications occur, system not shut down as long...) and they made sense at the time. However, as I've been searching on the internet, I've found it near impossible to find info about anything other than the laparoscopic procedure.
I see here on the boards that most have had the surgery done laparoscopically. And my usual watch-the-live-surgery website doesn't even have the open procedure in it's archives, though they have several videos of the laparoscopic one.
So now I'm starting to wonder if we shouldn't get a second opinion somewhere. Our current surgeon is ASCRS certified and I'll check out our state records (always do) to make sure he hasn't has too many boo-boos, he was recommended by the gastroenterologist, he works at highly acclaimed hospital -- so why does he not go along with the seemingly current point of view?
I know - this is a question to ask him
Just wondered if anyone else had ever gotten an explanation as to why open might be preferred over laparoscopic.