Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic or “minimally invasive” surgery is a specialized technique for performing surgery. It allows us to perform complex procedures within the abdomen without having to place our hands directly into the body cavity. Laparoscopic surgery is as safe as traditional open surgery.

How Laparoscopic Surgery Works:

A laparoscope is inserted through a small incision near the belly button (umbilicus). We first inspect the abdomen to determine whether laparoscopic surgery may be safely performed. At the beginning of the procedure, the abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide gas to provide a working and viewing space.

Laparoscopic surgery uses several 0.5 to 1cm incisions called “ports.” At each port, a tubular instrument known as a trochar is inserted. Specialized instruments and a special camera known as a laparoscope are passed through the trochars during the procedure.

The laparoscope transmits images from the abdominal cavity to high-resolution video monitors in the operating room. During the operation, we watch detailed images of the abdomen on the monitor. This system allows us to perform the same operations as traditional surgery but with smaller incisions.

Advantages of Laparoscopic Surgery:

Using laparoscopic surgery, patients often experience added benefits compared to traditional surgery. These benefits include:

  • Less pain
  • A shorter recovery period
  • Less scarring

If you have any questions regarding laparoscopic surgery or if you think it may be the right fit for you, our team of professionals are here to answer any questions to help you make an informed decision. We at Western Michigan Urological Associates want to work with you to find the best option for you and your family. Ask Your Primary Care Provider for a Referral.