Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is a minimally-invasive procedure used to detect and treat many health problems. Brookside physicians are on the leading edge of laparoscopic surgeries and are well-trained in the latest state-of-the-art advances such as robotic-assisted and single-incision laparoscopic surgery.

Conventional laparoscopic surgery, otherwise known as “keyhole surgery,” allows the physician to perform a surgery that would otherwise use a large abdominal incision, through 3 or 4 small incisions.  These incisions usually range from 5 to 10 millimeters. Through these incisions your physician will pass a thin fiber optic camera (the laparoscope) to visualize the area inside the abdomen and use other micro instruments to accomplish the treatment or removal of damaged tissue.

Single-incision laparoscopic surgery is utilized for the same procedures, including removal of ovaries and hysterectomy. With this advance, surgeons from Brookside are able to accomplish your surgery with one, often invisible incision located within the belly button. By minimizing  the number and size of incisions, the procedure results in less pain and reduced, if any, visible scarring.

Robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery provides a laparoscopic option for more advanced diseases that would often require a large open incision. Examples of such problems include removal of large fibroids (myomectomy), hysterectomy where large fibroids complicate the surgery, and cases where a patient may have had previous surgery or endometriosis that could complicate conventional laparoscopy or would have otherwise made an “open” incision surgery necessary.

Most laparoscopic surgery is done as either an outpatient (you go home the same day) or with a one night stay at Greenwich Hospital. This includes hysterectomy! Your comfort and well- being are always foremost when making these discharge decisions.

Complications of laparoscopic surgery are similar to “open” surgery, but with reduced likelihood and severity. They may include pain (managed with pain medicines), infection, bleeding, and damage to internal organs including, bowel, bladder and blood vessels. Fortunately, most of these are rare, and you would not expect to experience them. Your physician will have a full discussion with you regarding risks and benefits to your particular procedure.