Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat problems of the abdominal and pelvic areas. During this procedure, an endoscope (tube) with a camera on the end is inserted through a tiny incision to allow your doctor to closely examine the organs of the area. Surgical instruments can be inserted through additional incisions to treat any identified problems.
This procedure may be performed for a number of reasons, including to:
- Perform a biopsy
- Examine and possibly remove any growths (such as tumors)
- Check for metastasis (spreading) of cancer from other areas
- Repair a hernia
- Remove organs such as the spleen, gallbladder or appendix
Laparoscopy is performed under general anesthesia and takes 30 to 90 minutes, depending on what is done during the procedure. Patients can usually go home shortly after the procedure and return to work and other normal activities the next day. Strenuous activity should be avoiding for about a week. Laparoscopy is considered a safe procedure with little risk of complications.
We specialize in advanced laparoscopic procedures for the following:
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- The Spleen
- The Adrenal Gland
- The Colon