Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery
At Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center, we use minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery techniques whenever possible. Some of the procedures we perform using laparoscopic surgery techniques at our offices include gallbladder surgery for gallstones, surgical treatment for hernias (both inguinal and ventral), gastroesophageal reflux disease surgical treatment, colon and rectal disease surgery, bariatric surgery, and breast cancer surgery.
- What Is Laparoscopic Surgery?
- What Are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery?
- Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery
- Sports Hernia (Athletic Pubalgia) Repair
What Is Laparoscopic Surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical technique that uses multiple small incisions, each one usually no more than an inch long. Laparoscopic surgery techniques contrast with open surgery techniques. During open surgery, a surgeon begins by making long incisions so the surgeon can view the area to be treated. A surgeon performing laparoscopic surgery, on the other hand, uses a tiny but sophisticated camera attached to a viewing monitor to see the body’s internal structures. The incisions only need to be large enough to allow for entry of the special camera and precise laparoscopic surgery instruments.
Minimally invasive surgery is a delicate process requiring surgical precision and advanced skills. For this reason, laparoscopic surgeons require years of specialized training to be qualified to perform innovative and technically challenging laparoscopic procedures—a requirement that has been met by all of the surgeons at Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center.
What Are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery options offered at our practice allows 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.
Sports Hernia (Athletic Pubalgia) Repair
The most common cause of dull, persistent groin pain is strains in the muscle and tendons that cross the hip joint. It can also be related to abnormalities within the abdominal wall, such as inguinal hernias of the abdominal rectus muscles and oblique muscles.
A physical exam must be performed to determine the exact cause of the groin pain. If an inguinal hernia or other abdominal abnormality is not present, then the condition can be diagnosed as “athletic pubalgia,” or sports hernia. Unfortunately, a sports hernia does not usually heal on its own, so surgery is often the most effective treatment.
The laparoscopic procedure involves several small incisions to remove some of the damaged tissue. Instead of a primary repair with stitches, mesh is used to strengthen and reinforce the abdominal wall creating a tension-free repair.
Laparoscopic surgical techniques make it possible to perform surgery through much smaller openings than those used in conventional surgery. As a result, we do not need to make cuts through the muscle or suture under tension. Because there is no tension on the repair, this helps athletes return to full physical activity faster and reduces the risk of recurrence of the hernia.
While some individuals may take a bit longer to recover immediately after surgery, many laparoscopic hernia repair patients can leave the hospital within hours after the procedure. The surgeon evaluates the status of each patient and determines when he or she can be released on a case-by-case basis.
After laparoscopic surgery, a majority of patients experience significantly less pain and are able to get back into normal activity – including sports – much more quickly. Typically recovery time for laparoscopic hernia repair is less than one week versus up to 4 weeks for conventional open hernia repair.
Contact Us for Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery
For more information on whether your surgery can be performed using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery techniques, contact our Chicago-area surgical practice today. Our physicians always enjoy speaking with new patients and are prepared to provide answers to all of your questions.