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Laparoscopic Surgery

Over the past several decades, general surgeons have played an important role in the development of laparoscopic surgery.

What is Laparoscopic Surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery utilizes a small, telescopic device, equipped with a miniature camera, which projects images onto a monitor in the operating room. Surgical tools are inserted through plastic sleeves, called trocars, enabling the surgeon to perform a procedure through several tiny incisions, often no larger than 1/8 inch.

Almost any surgical procedure can be done laparoscopically, and intestinal surgeries are some of the most common. Over time, the equipment used in laparoscopic surgery has continued to improve, making these minimally invasive procedures more efficient and successful.

Patient Benefits

Laparoscopic surgery has a number of patient benefits, which include:

Smaller incisions
Reduced hospital stay
Less post-operative discomfort
Faster recovery
Less reliance on pain medications

Types of Procedures

Dr. Clark, Dr. Lee and Dr. Pugh perform a number of laparoscopic procedures, including colon, small bowel, stomach and biliary surgeries; appendectomies and cholecystectomies; and hernia repairs. Your surgeon will help you determine if you are a candidate for laparoscopic surgery.