Laparoscopic surgery involves the use of small cameras and microscopes which are inserted through tiny incisions enabling the surgeon to see inside the patient’s body without making a much larger incision. Small surgical instruments are then inserted which permit the surgeon to complete the procedure with minimal damage to the muscles, blood vessels and other surrounding tissue.
The surgeon watches a high-definition monitor to see inside the patient and manipulate his instruments. This makes the risk of complications less, and speeds up the recovery time. Patients normally experience less pain with laparoscopy compared to “open” procedures.
At Bay Medical-Sacred Heart, we perform well over 1,000 Laparoscopic surgeries each year. Gall bladder surgery, appendectomies, hernia repairs, and many other types of general and gynecologic procedures are performed through the laparoscope, making this one of the most common types of procedures we perform. Most of these procedures are performed as outpatients, enabling patients to return home the same day, or with a minimal hospital stay.