Laparoscopy covers a group of operations performed with the help of a camera placed in the abdomen. Laparoscopic surgery presents several technical advantages that provide maximum therapeutic benefit along with the reduction of aggression, applicable to any operative procedure. In other words, it is less painful, involves less bleeding, fewer complications and quicker recovery.
- Decrease of postoperative pain in the absence of an important surgical incision and because it reduces the trauma in healthy tissues.
- Lower risk of infection. The surgical wounds are smaller so you heal quickly and rarely have any complications. In addition, its minimum size involves a lesser “aesthetic” impact.
- Less chance of surgical bleeding and need of transfusions during the intervention.
- Rapid recovery. Decrease of postoperative hospital stay before returning to the active life.
Our team has an extensive experience in laparoscopic procedures and offers a global, personalized approach, and offers an advanced laparoscopic surgery in:
The procedures performed by minimally invasive techniques include:
- Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer
- Partial or radical nephrectomy because of kidney cancer
- Radical laparoscopic cystectomy for bladder cancer with intestinal reconstruction (neobladder)
- Laparoscopic pyeloplasty for stenosis of ureter
- Laparoscopic adrenalectomy for adrenal pathology
- Other reconstructive surgery by laparoscopy
- Cryosurgery of the kidney
- Resection of the kidney cysts
- Horseshoe kidney surgery
- Ureteral Surgery
- Surgery of the lithiasis in the ureter
- Re-implantation of the ureter reflux
- Surgery for female incontinence
- Vaginal prolapse
- Pelvic lymphadenectomy
- Undescended testicles
- Retroperitoneal lymphadenectomy for testicular cancer
Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive alternative to conventional open surgery in which a small camera called a laparoscope is used to view inside the abdomen. In this way, the laparoscope transmits the image of the internal organs to a monitor that the surgeon can use as guidance to perform various surgical procedures. The laparoscope magnifies the image several times with respect to the actual size, allowing a better view of the abdominal organs.
How are laparoscopic procedures performed?
Laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive because it only require 3 or 4 small incisions (holes of 0.5 to 1 cm) instead of a wound of 15 to 20 cm. These small incisions are used to introduce the operation instruments.
What are the risks of laparoscopic surgery?
As in all surgical procedures, there is a risk of complications. The doctor will do a thorough evaluation to find out if the procedure is appropriate for each patient. However, in a small percentage of cases, there is the possibility to convert the laparoscopic surgery in a conventional open procedure. The reasons which would lead to the conversion of laparoscopic surgery in an open surgery may be:
- A major complication during the intervention
- If the intervention is not unfolding as the surgeon had planned.
Your surgeon will discuss in detail with you the potential risks before surgery.
Are all patients candidates for laparoscopic surgery?
It should be noted that not all patients are candidates for laparoscopic surgery. Each person has unique circumstances that have to be considered individually.
Some of the features that may make it difficult or contraindicate laparoscopic surgery are: severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, previous surgeries, morbid obesity, among others.