Laparoscopic surgery is an effective alternative to open surgery, and it offers the benefits of smaller incisions and faster recovery from numerous surgical procedures. The surgeons at Sierra Pacific Surgical in Roseville, Folsom, and Carmichael, California, specialize in laparoscopic procedures for gallbladder disease, colon surgeries, hernia repair, and other issues that once required a traditional surgical approach. Schedule an evaluation at Sierra Pacific Surgical to discover why this talented group prefers laparoscopic techniques whenever possible. Call the office or request an appointment online today.
Most open abdominal surgeries require a 6- to 12-inch incision to access the treatment area. During laparoscopic surgery, your Sierra Pacific Surgical specialist uses a thin rod with an attached camera (laparoscope) to view the surgical field instead of creating one long incision.
Inserted through a small “keyhole” incision in the abdomen, the laparoscope transmits high-resolution video to a nearby monitor. Your surgeon uses these images and surgical instruments passed through one or two other small incisions, each half an inch or less, to perform abdominal and pelvic surgeries.
For procedures such as an appendectomy or a cholecystectomy, your surgeon may make a slightly longer incision to make removing the damaged organ from the body easier.
Not every surgery is amenable to the laparoscopic approach. However, it’s a viable alternative for many common surgeries, including:
Your Sierra Pacific Surgical specialist considers your overall health and the complexities of the planned procedure before recommending minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery.
Benefits of laparoscopic surgery compared with traditional or open surgery include:
Laparoscopic surgery is often performed as an outpatient procedure, shortening your hospital stay and significantly decreasing costs.
Laparoscopic surgery is generally well tolerated and a safe alternative to open surgery for various conditions.
However, there are contraindications for laparoscopic procedures. For instance, prior abdominal surgery resulting in scarring or adhesions can make it difficult to view or reach the surgical site during a laparoscopic procedure. In addition, excess body mass in the area can prevent a good view of the targeted site.
An extensive infection, such as with a burst appendix or abscess, requires open surgery since the fluids and waste products caused by inflammation and infection must be cleared from the abdominal cavity.
Schedule an evaluation at Sierra Pacific Surgical today to learn whether you’re a good candidate for laparoscopic surgery. Call the office or request an appointment online. Telehealth appointments are available.