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About Minimally Invasive Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery, also known as minimally invasive surgery, is the latest technique by which weight loss surgeons are able to perform complicated surgical procedures without the riskier and larger open incision.

Previously, surgeons would have to make one large incision in the abdomen in order to view the abdominal cavity fully. With modern technology and high definition cameras, laparoscopic surgery means that surgeons only need to create five tiny incisions in the abdomen. By using trocars as passageways, the HD camera and medical devices are inserted through each of these ½ inch cuts.

The high-definition camera transmits a clear view of the operating field to a monitor above the operating table and the surgeon can then manipulate the specially made scalpel, stitching device and other tools without actually seeing directly into the abdominal cavity.

Laparoscopic procedures mean that recovery time is significantly shortened, the risk of infection is reduced and the chances of problematic pain and blood loss are cut significantly. Newer laparoscopic techniques including Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery mean that in some cases, patients may not have a visible scar after surgery. The surgeon will be able to access the abdominal cavity through the belly button and after the procedure is complete, scars are hidden within the navel.

While the vast majority of weight loss procedures are performed laparoscopically, minimally invasive surgery is not right for everyone and rarely a laparoscopic procedure may have to be converted to an open surgery in the middle of the operation. Laparoscopic techniques are truly an incredible advance in weight loss surgery and newer and less invasive solutions are on the horizon. Speak to Dr. Gornichec about your suitability for laparoscopic surgery.