What is Laparoscopic surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery, also referred to as minimally invasive surgery, is when surgical procedures are performed with the assistance of a video camera and several thin instruments.
During the procedure, the surgeon makes small incisions and places plastic tubes called ports through these incisions. The camera and the instruments are then introduced through the ports which allow access to the inside of the patient.
Depending on the type of surgery, a laparoscopic surgeon will make a small cut or a series of short, small incisions. The surgeon then will usually insert an endoscope, which is a long, thin tube with a lighted camera on it, into the incision. The camera is able to send two-dimensional images of the surgical site to a computer monitor, which magnifies the surgical area. The laparoscopic surgeon will watch the monitor throughout the operation as he or she places specially designed surgical instruments through the original incision or through other cuts.
Laparascopic surgery causes much less trauma to the body. In fact, some gallbladder removals are performed through a single incision around the navel, and patients are able to go home that same day and heal without a scar.
Robotic surgery is an advanced form of minimally-invasive surgery. Like laparascopic surgery, it is performed by making tiny incisions, but in this case the surgeon uses very small tools attached to a robotic arm that is controlled by a computer.
This type of surgery results in decreased blood loss and a considerably faster recovery time than open surgery.
The minimally-invasive surgical approach to the management of both benign and malignant diseases of the colon and rectum has been refined dramatically since its inception in 1990. The most recent technological advancements in minimally-invasive surgery have led to the development of the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System®, which helps surgeons precisely control the movements of miniature instruments. During robotic surgery, the surgeon uses a remote control console rather than performing the surgery manually.
A special camera provides a magnified, three-dimensional view of the surgical site, which gives surgeons much greater precision and control.
What are the benefits of robotic surgery?
The increased magnification of the viewing field and the precise movements of the miniature instruments have revolutionized the surgical approach to virtually all surgical diseases.
Ultimately, our patients experience a shorter length of hospital stay, less blood loss, and a more rapid return to work. The use of robotic surgery usually also means that patients will experience less pain and scarring, have a decreased risk of infection and fewer complications, and enjoy a faster recovery time.
General surgery is a specialty that focuses on abdominal contents such as the small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and often the thyroid gland. It also includes surgery involving the breast, hernias, venous diseases and hemorrhoid treatment. Most general surgery is non-cosmetic medical procedures to help patients recover from illness and disease. It involves continuous care to patients to help them recover quickly.
Depending on the issue, general surgeons will offer testing or more conservative options before deciding a procedure is necessary.
Our surgeons offer conservative options, testing, and surgery on the abdomen, gallbladder, colon, breast, liver, appendix, thyroid, and veins. We also offer testing for chronic constipation, fecal incontinence, and esophageal reflux. We work with you to figure out your best plan of action for your health.