- What is Laparoscopic Surgery?
LS is an innovative and exciting way to perform many different types of operations. Instead of one large incision, laparoscopy uses very small ( finger nail-sized) incisions. A high- resolution camera attached to a scope allows excellent, magnified vision. Very small, precision instruments are used to perform virtually all of the operations we use to do through large open incisions.
- What are the advantages of Laparoscopy?
Much less pain, faster recovery, less scarring, shorted hospital stay.
- How are organs removed?
Tumors, Gallbladders, Colons, small bowel, appendices, spleens, and other organs can be placed in a bag and decompress for easy removal.
- What is the success of LS?
LS is the gold standard for gallbladder disease and antireflux surgery for heartburn. It is as safe and effective as open surgery for most other procedures such as hernia surgery, appendectomy, abdominal exploration etc.
- Am I a Candidate for LS?
Some patients with internal scar tissue from previous operations or infections may have to be converted to open surgery and may be at greater risk for complications. Pregnant patients often wait until after delivery. Otherwise, nearly all adults and children who have a surgical problem are candidates for a minimal invasive approach.
- Is LS good for stopping heartburn?
A Laparoscopic fundoplication is and excellent procedure to stop acid reflux and control heartburn. Most patients go home soon after the operation and have complete resolution of symptoms. They may never require antacids again.
- What is the recovery time for LS?
Most patients leave the hospital the same day. Others stay 1- 3 days depending on the type of procedure. Most activities can be resumed in 1-2 weeks.