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For Release: November 23, 2010

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Jim Gosky 330.344.6083,

Akron General Surgeon Performs Groundbreaking Colon Surgery

A 38-year-old Ravenna woman recently became one of a handful of individuals worldwide to undergo a total colon removal through one small incision (single-port total colectomy). This groundbreaking single-port total colectomy was performed by Akron General's Charudutt Paranjape, MD, laparo-endoscopic and trauma surgeon and medical director of Acute Care Surgery. Dr. Paranjape is among a few elite surgeons who perform this type of procedure. 

Traditionally, total colectomy requires one 12-inch open incision or four to five small incisions if performed utilizing minimally invasive (laparoscopic) techniques. The cutting-edge single-port technique utilized by Dr. Paranjape requires only one small incision through the navel, a mere three centimeters in length. "Advanced surgical techniques and instrumentation make it possible to now perform colon removal through one tiny entrance to the body. Patients recover amazingly fast and heal to the point you can hardly tell they underwent abdominal procedure," explains Dr. Paranjape.

In the case of the Ravenna woman, the patient suffered from decades of ulcerative colitis, a disease that causes inflammation and sores in the lining of the rectum and colon. Additional complications created a situation where she required a total colectomy with minimal trauma to the body and lowest chance of excessive bleeding. The single-port total colectomy resulted in minimal bleeding and virtually no scar. In addition, the patient returned to part-time work the day after she was discharged. 

Akron General is a national leader in single-port and other minimally invasive surgical techniques, including appendectomy, hysterectomy, gall bladder removal and colectomy. Find out more at

Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of patients and the community. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 511-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area's largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio, and Rose Lane Health Center; and Akron General Development Foundation. For more information about about Akron General Health System, visit about Akron General.

Date Updated: 28-OCT-2013

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