Brittany's Story

A young colon cancer patient experiences vastly different MIS and open surgeries.

At age 23, Brittany Sliter was diagnosed with colon cancer. Initially, it was addressed with minimally invasive surgery, but a year later she had a second surgery — performed open — to treat complications. While both surgeries had good outcomes, her recoveries were vastly different in terms of pain, post-op complications, time off from work, and emotional burden. Hear more about Brittany’s story as she describes the drastic difference between her experiences with minimally invasive versus open colon procedures.

A Surgeon's Perspective

Benefits of minimally invasive colorectal surgery

General surgeon Nicholas Craig, M.D. talks about his experience and perspectives on the benefits of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for colorectal cases.  

Advantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Laparoscopic colorectal surgery offers significant clinical and economic benefits compared to traditional open surgery1-19

We’re committed to advancing less invasive approaches to colorectal care. Because minimally invasive surgery (MIS) offers multiple advantages over open surgery, including:

  • Faster recovery1
  • Faster release from the hospital2–15
  • Lower surgical site infection rate3-6,16,17
  • Lower average hospital costs18-20

When minimally invasive techniques are the first choice in colorectal care, everyone — from patients to providers — can benefit.

Improving Outcomes Through Education and Training

We offer specialized training and clinical education for less invasive colorectal procedures.

We’ve worked with experts around the world to develop a training pathway that helps surgeons adopt laparoscopic colorectal procedures into their practice.

Collaborating to Improve Colorectal Care

Partnerships are a key factor in achieving better clinical and economic outcomes

Positive patient outcomes are at the heart of everything we do. It’s why we work so hard to nurture powerful relationships with stakeholders across the industry.

By working together, we are driving less invasive approaches to care that will improve the future of colorectal health — and the future of your patients’ lives.

Innovative Technologies, Innovative Treatments

We offer a dedicated suite of products for colorectal surgeries.

Our comprehensive portfolio of products spans all stages of colorectal surgery — from versatile access instruments to reliable LigaSure™ vessel sealers to industry-leading staplers.

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