Many surgeries are being done these days without having to use the traditional large incision that leaves large scars and long recovery times. Laparoscopic surgery is the umbrella term that is used for this type of surgery. Laparoscopic techniques have revolutionized the field of surgery with benefits that include decreased postoperative pain, earlier return to normal activities following surgery, fewer postoperative complications, and the added bonus of being virtually scarless. Laparoscopic surgery, sometimes called keyhole surgery or minimally invasive surgery (MIS), is a widely accepted surgical technique that uses small incisions and long pencil-like instruments to perform operations with a camera.
Today, almost all abdominal surgeries are performed laparoscopically including:
- hernia repairs
- gastric bypass
- bowel resection
- organ removal
Laparoscopic surgery has successfully replaced open surgery as the preferred treatment option for issues such as bariatric surgery and gallbladder removal. The treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is now also carried out using laparoscopic techniques too.
Laparoscopic surgery is also known as MIS because the surgeon is able to use a laparoscope with a small camera on it to go directly where the surgery is needed. This allows surgeons to find out where or even if a larger incision is needed to perform an operation.
Laparoscopic surgery involves several small incisions, which is why it is sometimes called keyhole surgery. The Laparoscope goes into one small incision and special surgical instruments go into the others. The scope is attached to a video monitor, so the surgeon can see what is going on inside the body part that is being examined.
Because of the less invasive nature of the surgery, laparoscopic surgery recovery time is shorter than that of traditional surgery. Most laparoscopic surgery can be done on an outpatient basis, although depending on the specific surgery, an occasional hospital stay is necessary.
As with any surgery, it is normal to feel tired for a few weeks after a procedure. Your specific recovery time will depend on your physical condition when you went in for the surgery.
If you are considering surgery, contact Dr. Tsuda to see if a laparoscopic procedure is right for you.