Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical technique that is used by the surgeons at West Valley Colon and Rectal Surgery Center to treat many abdominal and gastrointestinal conditions.
This type of surgery uses a small camera and specialized surgical instruments to access the abdominal area through several small incisions. This surgical approach is far less invasive than traditional open surgery, where a large incision is made in the abdomen. Laparoscopic surgery has the benefits of reduced blood loss, less trauma to the structures of the abdomen, shorter recovery time, and smaller scars.
The surgeon will make small incisions in different areas of the abdomen depending on the type of surgery being performed. The laparoscope, which looks like a long tube with a lighted camera on one end, will be inserted into one of the incisions, and the image of the inside of the abdomen will be projected onto a screen. This allow the surgeon the visual capability of seeing inside the abdomen without having to make a large incision and open the abdominal cavity. The surgery is then performed using specialized surgical instruments that are inserted into the other incisions.
Laparoscopic surgery is done under general anesthesia, so the patient will be completely asleep. As with any surgery, laparoscopic surgery does carry some risk, so it’s important to speak with your surgeon prior to the procedure to determine what your risks may be and what to look for postoperatively.