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Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery

Prior to the invention of laparoscopic surgery, all surgery was performed through a laparotomy, also known as “open surgery”. A laparotomy is where the surgeon creates a large incision in the abdomen to be able to perform the necessary procedure. Laparoscopy was slowly adopted starting in the 1990s and became widely used later that decade.
 
 

What is Laparoscopic Surgery?

Laparoscopy is where small incisions are made and plastic tubes are inserted through the incisions. Air (CO2) is introduced into the patient’s abdomen through these tubes. Surgical instruments along with a video camera are then placed through these tubes. The video camera displays images on a monitor. The instruments are then used to perform the same surgery that was done years ago through a laparotomy (Big abdomanal incision).

What is Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery?

When laparoscopic surgery first became widely adopted, it was limited to very few surgeries such as gallbladder removal and appendix removal. Also, if a patient who has had previous open surgery, needed another surgery, surgeons would perform another open surgery.
 
Our team of surgeons have advanced training in laparoscopy and innovative technology. Using these methods we perform a diverse number of procedures, even in patients with previous open surgery. We use cutting-edge technology to get you the results that you want and help you recover faster.
 
Some of the advanced laparoscopic procedures we perform are:
  • Stomach surgery (Example: Hiatal hernia, Acid Reflux Surgery).
  • Abdominal wall reconstruction.
  • Hernia Repair (All types).
  • Small intestine tumors.
  • Colectomy
Along with advanced laparoscopy, we use nationally recognized Enhanced Recovery After Surgery protocols to help decrease the time for recovery back to your health.
 
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MORE FAQ's

Once you have had a conversation about surgery and had all of your questions answered, these are the main steps to follow for surgery:
 
  • Discuss all of your medications with the doctor at your visit.
  • Register for your surgery at the hospital
  • Do not eat anything for 8 hours before surgery.
  • You will be given an instruction sheet about medications that you can and cannot take before surgery. If you are allowed to take medications, you can take them at your regular time with a very small amount of water.
  • Make sure you arrive two hours before your surgery time.
  • Make sure you have someone to take you home after surgery.

The vast majority of the patients will have this surgery as an outpatient and will go home the same day. You will need to be on a light diet that is low in fat and cholesterol for about 2 days after surgery so that you can recover from the anesthesia. We recommend a diet low in fat and cholesterol always but try to follow this for about 4 weeks after surgery to help the recovery process. Typically, after recovery there are no dietary restrictions.

 
The pain from surgery will slowly subside over a few weeks and you will be able to return to your daily activities. Return to work and regular activities is dependent on each patient. For a full list of discharge instructions from this surgery please refer to our discharge instructions.

Contact us at 909-398-4895 to make an appointment to visit us and discuss your treatment plan.