Laparoscopy or minimally invasive surgery allows general surgeons to provide surgical treatment of many intra-abdominal conditions through small incisions. This inturn minimizes pain and discomfort allowing for more rapid recovery and return to normal activities. The benefits of laparoscopy have been proven in many controlled studies since its inception.
Laparoscopy first began gaining favor with treatment of gallbladder disease and general exploration of the abdomen. Soon after laparoscopic cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder) became standard of care; laparoscopy became favorable in other surgical situations. These include appendectomy, hiatal hernia repair, gastroesophageal reflux disease, inguinal hernia repair, incisional hernia repair, and bowel obstruction. Large organ operations can also be performed laparoscopically. This includes surgery of the colon, liver, spleen, adrenal glands, and kidneys. Laparoscopic surgery has demonstrated benefits in patient recovery across the board. Although it is not always possible in every situation, it has now become the first line of surgical treatment in the majority of surgical disease processes. SurgOne physicians are all trained in laparoscopy and its feasibility in the management of the surgical patient.