Mini-Laparoscopy: Newest Advance in Minimally Invasive Surgery

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med staffBy Vicki Barnett, Director of Surgical Services, Northside Hospital

New advances in surgical technology allow surgeons to offer patients more minimally invasive procedures.# Laparoscopic procedures like mini-laparoscopy, single-incision surgery and robotic surgery cause less trauma to the patient and help them get back to their normal activities faster than ever before.

Laparoscopy involves making between one and four small incisions in the abdomen.# Through these incisions, the surgeon inserts# a small camera, called a laparoscope. The laparoscope allows the surgeon to view the abdominal area, in full color, high definition imagery, and with all of the same functionality as open surgery, but with less trauma to the patient.# If a problem is spotted, surgical instruments can be inserted through the same small incisions to treat the condition.# Often, patients who undergo laparoscopic surgery are able to go home the same day.

Minimally invasive laparoscopy has been used across a wide range of specialties, addressing problems such as reproductive and pelvic disease, prostate cancer, bladder problems, obesity, GI disorders, hernias and much more.# Versus traditional open surgery, recovery time , postoperative pain and the risk for infection is significantly reduced with laparoscopic surgery.

Mini-laparoscopy is one of the newest advances in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, and is usually reserved for patients for which previous conventional laparoscopy and open surgery attempts have been unsuccessful. While conventional laparoscopic instruments are about 1/2 inch in diameter, instruments used in the new mini-laparoscopy procedure are only about 1/8 inch in diameter.# Using instruments and telescopes that are smaller and thinner means smaller incisions, less pain, a faster postoperative recovery and enhanced cosmetic results.

Northside Hospital- Atlanta
A leader in the advancement of minimally invasive surgery, Northside Hospital was the first in the state to offer “Mini-Laparoscopy.”# Internationally renowned gynecologic (GYN) surgeon, Ceana Nezhat, M.D., spearheads the availability of this new technology as the hospital”s program director for minimally invasive GYN surgery. In addition to using mini-laparoscopy to treat endometriosis, he has removed adhesions, large tumors and mesh embedded in organs.

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