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Laparoscopic Surgery


A Minimally Invasive Approach to Abdominal Surgeries


If abdominal surgery is in your future, you need to know about laparoscopy. This minimally invasive technique, an option for many abdominal procedures, could offer you an easier recovery.

Open Surgery vs. Laparoscopy

During traditional open surgery, surgeons make a single midline incision to directly view organs, diagnose problems, and perform corrective procedures.

Laparoscopy allows surgeons to operate through multiple smaller incisions rather than one larger incision. One keyhole-size incision accommodates a special video camera called a laparoscope. This tool displays the inside of the abdomen on a video screen. The surgeon may make additional small incisions for specialized surgical tools.

Benefits of Laparoscopy

Because it is minimally invasive, laparoscopy holds many benefits over traditional open procedures. The technique causes less surgical trauma resulting in:

  • Less post-operative pain
  • Shorter recovery period
  • Less time in the hospital
  • Earlier return to work
  • Smaller scars

Laparoscopic Procedures Available at Deaconess

Our surgeons utilize advanced laparoscopy technique whenever it is possible and appropriate for our patients. Laparoscopic procedures routinely performed at Deaconess Hospital include:

  • Cholecystectomy
  • Appendectomy
  • Bowel Resection
  • Nephrectomy
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Splenectomy
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Pelviscopy
  • Gastric Surgery for Reflux and Hiatal Hernia
  • Gastric Bypass
  • Insertion of Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter
  • Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Lung Resections and Biopsies
  • Exploratory Laparoscopy
  • Lysis of Adhesions
  • Gynecological Surgeries