Laparoscopy involves the use of precision instruments and tiny high-tech cameras. A few small incisions are all that is needed for laparoscopic surgery. That’s good news because it means shorter recovery periods, less scarring and less pain than could ever be expected with older surgical methods.
Small incisions can reap big results.
For years, most any kind of general surgery meant large incisions, open “hands-on” procedures and lengthy recoveries. Now, thanks to technological advances, many procedures that were once performed as open surgeries have been dramatically improved. They’ve been replaced by minimally invasive methods that are equally or more effective. Dr. Lamas is a board-certified general surgeon who is skilled and experienced with one of the most important minimally invasive surgical methods: laparoscopy.
Gallbladder, other surgeries performed this way?
Surgeons use laparoscopy for a wide variety of procedures, and every year it seems that some new use for this technology is emerging. Gallbladder disease affects an estimated 20 million Americans. Most have gallstones that require surgical removal. However, because the symptoms of gallbladder disease can be elusive and may present without gallstones, it can be difficult to diagnose. Left untreated, gallstones can lead to blockage of the bile duct and recurrent episodes of biliary pain, inflammation of the gallbladder, acute cholecystitis and pancreatitis, even gallbladder cancer. Dr. Lamas has achieved excellent results performing procedures like these laparoscopically:
- Gall bladder removal
- Complex ventral hernia repair
- Nissen fundoplication (GERD, hiatal hernia)