April 04, 2007 07:15 ET

REMINDER: ORLive Presents: Laparoscopic Bowel Resection Surgery for Colon Cancer

Live Webcast April 4, 2007 at 4:00 PM EDT (20:00 UTC) From University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

CLEVELAND, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 4, 2007 -- Colorectal surgery has undergone rapid advancement in recent years and leading the way has been Dr. Conor Delaney, Chief of Colorectal Surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. A pioneer in the use of minimally invasive techniques for colorectal surgery, Dr. Delaney and his team are able to reduce surgical trauma by using tiny incisions compared to traditional open surgery.

On Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. during a live webcast, Dr. Delaney and his colleagues will be performing a laparoscopic bowel resection. The webcast can be viewed at

During this procedure, the patient's abdomen is insufflated with carbon dioxide gas. Special operating instruments and a magnifying video camera are inserted into the patient through small port sites on the body, and the surgeon operates while viewing high-definition monitors. The specimen is surgically removed by enlarging one of these port sites, and the colon is reconnected laparoscopically.

"The benefits are so great for the patient," says Dr. Delaney. "Cancer outcomes are as good as open surgery, but short-term recovery is hugely improved. Two recent trials have even showed improved survival after the laparoscopic procedure."

The benefits are numerous. Patients typically suffer less surgical side effects, scarring and pain with minimally invasive surgery. They overcome postoperative ileus sooner than patients who undergo open surgery. These patients require less pain medication, tend to have shorter hospital stays, encounter fewer complications and resume their diet and normal activity sooner than their open-surgery counterparts.

Dr. Delaney conducts about 90 percent of his colorectal surgeries laparoscopically, which far exceeds the national average of 15 percent. Surgeons from around the world travel to view Dr. Delaney in action during this cutting-edge procedure.

Dr. Delaney's team at UH have published on more than 1,000 laparoscopic colon cases and have one of the largest volumes of laparoscopic colon surgery in the country. He has given over 90 invited lectures in the last few years, and is the editor and writer of numerous books, chapters, journals and manuscripts.

Visit to learn more and view a program preview. A VNR is available at

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