General & Minimally Invasive Surgery
Bariatric & General Surgery located in Tomball, TX
Laparoscopic surgery offers considerable advantages for patients over open surgery. Harvinderpal Singh, MD, FACS, and Viet Phuong, MD, FACS, of General & Minimally Invasive Surgery in Tomball, Texas, offer advanced, minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery for a wide range of conditions. They also perform bariatric surgery using laparoscopic techniques. To find out more about laparoscopic surgery and its benefits, call the General & Minimally Invasive Surgery office or book an appointment online today.
Laparoscopic Surgery Q & A
What is laparoscopic surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery is a way of performing operations without causing excessive tissue damage. A laparoscope is a medical instrument that’s slim enough to fit into a small incision in your skin. It’s flexible and has a light and a tiny camera on the end.
During laparoscopic surgery, your surgeon views the images sent back by the camera on a screen in the operating room. They use these to perform a range of procedures without having to see the surgery site directly.
Your surgeon uses slim laparoscopic instruments to carry out the necessary repairs and remove damaged or diseased tissue and tumors.
What advantages does laparoscopic surgery offer?
Laparoscopic surgery offers some significant advantages when compared with open surgery. The traditional open technique involves making a large incision through skin and muscle so your surgeon can see the problem, which causes considerable tissue damage and postoperative pain.
Laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive, only requiring one or several small incisions. The reduction in tissue damage offers benefits such as:
- Far less pain after surgery
- Reduced blood loss
- Less time spent in hospital
- Lower risk of complications or infection
- Faster recovery
- Smaller external scars
- Less internal scar tissue
Open surgery typically requires a general anesthetic, which has some risks. Using laparoscopic surgery techniques, your surgeon at General & Minimally Invasive Surgery can often perform procedures under a regional or local anesthetic instead.
Some patients can even go home the same day as their laparoscopic surgery, depending on their condition and the type of operation they have.
What procedures can laparoscopic surgery be used for?
Laparoscopic surgery has numerous uses, and General & Minimally Invasive Surgery performs more procedures using this technique than open surgery. Some of the many surgeries they perform using laparoscopy include:
- Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)
- Colon resections
- Bariatric surgery
- Lysis of adhesions
- Hiatal hernia repairs
- Abdominal hernia repairs
General & Minimally Invasive Surgery also uses robotic-assisted surgery, which employs minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques.
To find out more about laparoscopic surgery and how it could play a part in your recovery, call General & Minimally Invasive Surgery or book an appointment online today.