What is laparoscopic surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique for performing abdominal surgery using several small incisions rather than a single large incision. The procedure is performed using a special camera or “laparoscope” placed through a 5 -10mm incision. The abdomen is filled with carbon dioxide to allow working space and visualization of the abdominal cavity. Additional small incisions are used to introduce special surgical instruments in order to perform the operation. Depending on the operation being performed, one of the small incisions may need to be lengthened or an additional incision may be used to extract the surgical specimen.
What are the risks and benefits of laparoscopic surgery?
The benefits of laparoscopic surgery include reduced postoperative pain, faster recovery, shorter hospital stay, earlier return to routine daily activities and improved cosmetic results.
For most patients the risks of laparoscopic surgery are similar to those of open surgery including the risks of anesthesia, bleeding, infection, unintended injury to other organs, and any additional risks of colorectal surgery such as leak at the bowel connection point. In certain patients with severe decompensated cardiopulmonary disease or in the emergency setting, traditional open surgery may be better tolerated. Dr. Zaghiyan’s top priority is the safety and well being of her patients. For every individual being evaluated for surgery, Dr. Zaghiyan will take into account the patient’s overall condition in determining the best operative approach. For a complete evaluation and treatment recommendations, call to make an appointment with Dr. Zaghiyan in her office in Los Angeles.