Carolina Surgical Associates' surgeons are well trained in the safe and effective use of the laparoscopic technique. This minimally invasive surgery is performed through multiple small incisions using specially designed surgical instruments and viewed through a laparoscopic or surgical telescope.
There are many advantages of laparoscopic surgery, including reduced trauma to muscular tissues, less scarring and less postoperative pain. Overall recovery time is faster and patients are able to return to normal activities sooner, compared to traditional (open) surgery. The majority of general surgery procedures now can be done laparoscopically.
The gallbladder is located beneath the liver and is used to store bile produced by the liver to aid in the digestion of fats. When the flow of bile from the gallbladder becomes obstructed, gallbladder disease may develop and the gallbladder may need to be removed. During this procedure, a camera is inserted into the navel and laparoscopic instruments are used to safely remove the gallbladder.
For patients with colon cancer, polyps, irritable bowel disease or diverticulitis, all or part of the colon may need to be completely removed. This procedure can be done laparoscopically
A hernia is a condition in which an organ, usually part of the intestine, protrudes through a weak area of the abdominal wall. The hernia may become confined or obstructed, causing potentially serious health risks. In most cases, hernias can be removed laparoscopically.
An appendectomy is a surgical procedure to remove an infected appendix. Although the exact cause of an inflamed appendix is usually unknown, appendicitis may occur due to a viral infection of the digestive tract or a blockage in the tube that connects the large intestine to the appendix. If left untreated, the appendix may rupture and the infection may spread, so swift removal of the appendix is important.