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 surgery, bariatric surgery, and breast cancer surgery.
- What Is Laparoscopic Surgery?
- What Are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery?
- Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery
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.
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.