Colonoscopy is the minimally invasive endoscopic examination of the large colon and the distal part of the small bowel with a fiber optic camera on a flexible tube passed through the anus. It may provide a visual diagnosis (e.g. ulceration, polyps) and grants the opportunity for biopsy of suspected lesions. Virtual colonoscopy which uses 3D imagery reconstructed from computed tomography scans is also possible, as a totally non-invasive medical test.

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Laparoscopic Intestinal Surgery: A Guide for Patients
... About laparoscopic intestinal surgery If you need colorectal surgery, you might be a candidate for laparoscopic intestinal surgery, a "minimally invasive" technique for treating colorectal d...
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Laparoscopic Rectopexy: Basic Surgical Steps
... What is laparoscopic rectopexy? Laparoscopic rectopexy is an operation in which sutures (stitches) are used to secure the rectum in its proper position. (Please refer to figure 1.) The surgery is perf...
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