Single-port Versus Conventional Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
Phase 1/Phase 2
Conventional multi-port laparoscopic surgery (CL) is now a standard approach to colorectal resections, due to it's short-term benefits over conventional open surgery. In recent years, several studies have demonstrated that - in suitable patients - single-port access surgery (SPA) has similar clinical outcome compared to CL, with additional cosmetic benefits. It remains, however, unclear whether the trauma of surgery is also less for SPA compared to CL. In this study, the investigators aim to randomise patients who are deemed suitable for SPA surgery to either SPA approach, or CL; in addition to clinical outcomes including length of operating time, post-operative pain scores, complications, quality of life indicators and cosmetic appearance, the investigators aim to compare the physiological response to trauma through biochemical markers (including C-reactive protein, White Blood Cell count) and cytokine expression (i.e. Interleukins IL-6 and IL-8). Patients will be analysed according to intention-to-treat analysis, with 25 patients in the SPA and 25 patients in the CL group. The patients will be operated by surgeons proficient in both CL and SPA surgery, and followed-up for the duration of their hospitalisation as well as at their routine out-patient visits, using questionnaires.