Laparoscopic surgery, also called minimally invasive surgery, is the use of a lighted camera and long, thin instruments to perform operations in the abdomen through small incisions. Over the last 20+ years, laparoscopic surgery has become a proven technology with numerous benefits to patients. It has been applied to many of the operations performed in the abdomen and has become the standard of care for several of them. Laparoscopy has taken some operations which used to require long hospital stays with lengthy recovery times of 4-6 weeks and made them outpatient operations with many patients returning to work in as little as 1-2 weeks.
Not all abdominal operations are able to be completed laparoscopically, but the surgeons here at Southwest General Surgery are certified in Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Surgery by the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeon and supported by the American College of Surgeons, and if feasible will offer a laparoscopic approach to most abdominal operations we perform.
Advantages of laparoscopic surgery include:
- less pain
- shorter recovery time
- smaller incisions mean minimal scarring
- less blood loss
- shorter hospital stay or even no hospital stay