Laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, surgery consists of making small incisions and placing instruments through those incisions to perform procedures that would otherwise be done though a larger incision. When first introduced for mainstream procedures in the 1980's, it revolutionized the way specialists performed surgery and greatly enhanced the patient's experience.
At the Peninsula Institute for Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery, the vast majority of the procedures performed by surgeons are done laparoscopically. No other group of surgeons in our region performs a greater number of laparoscopic procedures each year.
For the patient, the benefits include less pain, better cosmetic results, a shorter hospital stay, a faster return to work, less blood loss, and less requirement for post-operative pain medication. Due to the magnification provided by the laparoscopic cameras, many procedures are able to be performed with greater precision and better long term outcomes.
The first laparoscopic procedure to become widely accepted was the laparoscopic cholecystectomy (removing the gall bladder). Since then, surgeons have adopted and mastered the techniques of laparoscopically performing most abdominal procedures which were historically performed open. These include removing the colon, prostate, uterus, appendix, spleen, adrenal gland, repairing hernias, and surgery for gastroesophageal reflux to name a few.
These procedures, and dozens more, are performed daily by the highly-trained and experienced PILARS surgeons at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.
To learn more, call PILARS at 410-912-6350 or 1-877-456-6350 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday.