Laparoscopic Surgery at Drexel Surgery
Laparoscopic surgery, also known as "band-aid" surgery, has been used for several years in treating gall bladder and gynecologic problems. Today, we are using laparoscopic techniques to perform intestinal surgery for selected patients to reduce pain, shorten hospitalization, speed recovery, and lessen scarring.
How Laparoscopic Surgery Is Peformed
Laparoscopic surgery begins by inflating the abdomen with a harmless gas through a small incision. The gas lifts the abdomen away from the organs below to provide the surgeon with a clear view of the medical problem. A thin, telescope-like instrument known as a laparoscope is then inserted through a small incision at the umbilicus ("bellybutton"). The laparoscope is a tiny video camera allows the surgeon to view the intra-abdominal organs on a television monitor. Small surgical instruments are then passed through a few half-inch incisions to clip, cut, separate, or remove the source of the patient's problem. The gas is then released from the abdominal cavity and the incisions are closed.
Laparoscopic Surgery for Gall Bladder Procedures
We have learned through several years of laparoscopic surgery for gall bladder procedures that this technique may offer dramatic benefits following surgery. Patients undergoing laparoscopy benefit from reduced post-operative pain, shorter hospital stays, a quicker return to activities enjoyed before surgery, and smaller scars. Many patients leave the hospital only two or three days after minimally invasive intestinal surgery.
Laparoscopic Surgery for Colorectal Diseases
We routinely perform laparoscopic colectomies for most benign and malignant colorectal diseases. Recent evidence has shown that laparoscopic surgery for colorectal cancer is as safe as, and may even be better than, open surgery for colorectal cancer. The most common surgeries we perform are for colorectal cancer, diverticular disease, colon polyps too large to be removed with a colonoscope, and Crohn's Disease. We are one of the few institutions in the Greater Philadelphia area offering minimally invasive pelvic pouch surgery for ulcerative colitis. Please contact us to see if you are a candidate for laparoscopic colon surgery.
Laparoscopic Surgery for Gynecologic Issues
When a hysterectomy or removal of the internal reproductive organs is required, Drexel physicians remove the uterus through the vaginal canal. In some cases, the surgeon may insert a small telescope, called a laparoscope, through an incision in the navel to see the pelvic organs. Also, additional instruments can be inserted through other, very small incisions in the abdomen. This is called a laparoscopically assisted hysterectomy, another type of minimally invasive surgery.
The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.