The introduction of laparoscopic removal of the gall bladder (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy) in the late 1980s revolutionized the surgical management of many abdominal operations.
The preservation of anal sphincter function and intestinal continuity and the avoidance of the need for permanent ileostomy or colostomy are of utmost importance.
The surgical management of Ulcerative Colitis has evolved dramatically from the days when patients were subjected to removal of the colon and rectum and creation of a permanent ileostomy (Proctocolectomy and Brooke Ileostomy).
Dr. Nils Koch of Gotteborg, Sweden created the first Continent Ileostomy in an attempt to provide a better life style for patients whose large intestines had to be removed for treatment of colitis and other diseases.
Colonoscopy represents a major advance for diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the colon and rectum.
Flexible fiberoptic sigmoidoscopy is a diagnostic examination which permits visualization of the last two feet of the intestinal tract.
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