Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is laparoendoscopic or minimally invasive surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery has been called as “keyhole”, “pinhole”, “minimally invasive”, “band aid surgery”, “laser surgery”, and “endoscopic.” It was first introduced in the United States in the early 1970s. In 1988, cholecystectomy (gall bladder) surgery was first performed laparoscopically in the United States. Today, most surgical procedures of the gall bladder, hernia, stomach, colon, kidney, pancreas, spleen & adrenal system are routinely performed using this technique by our surgeons.

2. How is the technique performed?

The surgery is performed using a laparoscope, a long, thin optical tube that functions like a miniaturized telescope. The laparoscope is inserted into the patient’s abdomen through a small 1/4”-1/2” incision. The scope lets surgeons see inside the body through several other similarly small incisions, specialized instruments are used to complete the operation. By using such instruments, surgeons no longer need to make large, painful surgical incisions.

3. What are the benefits of a minimally invasive procedure?

The advantages of minimally invasive surgery are decreased post operative pain, smaller incisions resulting in an improved cosmetic result, faster healing and less scarring, a rapid return to regular activities and a decreased hospital stay.