What Are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Surgery centers allow patients to achieve exceptional results without the need for large, invasive surgical incisions. Patients who undergo laparoscopic procedures need less time to recover from the surgical process than do patients who undergo traditional open surgery. As a result, laparoscopic surgery patients experience less discomfort and require less pain medication. They have shorter hospital stays and are able to return to work and school sooner. Minimally invasive surgery also results in less scarring at the surgical site. The scars that do result from the surgery are smaller and less noticeable than those of more invasive procedures. Laparoscopic surgery patients also tend to enjoy a lower incidence of surgical complications than do patients who undergo traditional open surgery. In addition, there is less risk of infection with minimally invasive surgeries than with open procedures.
Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery
The gallbladder is an organ that is attached to the liver and bile ducts. It acts as a reservoir to store and concentrate bile. When food is swallowed, a chemical signal is sent to the gallbladder which causes it to empty bile into the intestine to help with the digestion of foods.
Gallbladder pain is typically described as pain in the right upper abdomen which sometimes goes through to the back. The pain usually intensifies after meals, especially meals of fatty or fried foods. The most common source of gallbladder disease is gallstones. Treatment is surgical removal of the gallbladder and stones.
Until recently, removal of the gallbladder required a large and painful abdominal incision, five to seven days of recovery in the hospital, and four to six weeks of convalescence. Using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery techniques, we can remove the gallbladder and stones with four tiny incisions, each approximately one-quarter inch in length. This helps limit hospitalization time to as little as eight hours, and patients usually return to normal activities in as little as two weeks.