Laparo­scop­ic Surgery

Laparoscopic Surgery is a minimally invasive surgery that requires only a few small incisions, and is performed with the aid of thin instruments and a slender video camera. The video camera transmits an image of the abdominal organs onto a screen, becoming the surgeon’s eyes during procedure. Laparoscopic technology has many benefits over traditional, larger incisions. Patients experience less pain, less scarring, and faster recoveries. The surgical team at Onslow Surgical Clinic is highly trained in a variety of laparoscopic procedures including Gallbladder, Hernia, Appendicitis, Adrenal Disease, and other ailments affecting the abdominal organs.

The adrenal glands are located atop each kidney, and are responsible for producing hormones like cortisol, adrenaline, and aldostorone. If the adrenal glands begin to produce excessive amounts of hormones, they can cause high blood pressure, headaches, palpitations, weigh gain, or adrenal tumors.

Laparoscopic adrenalectomies remove the offending glands using half-inch incisions, thin instruments, and a small medical scope that allows the surgeons to see inside the patient during the procedure. At Onslow Surgical Clinic, we employ laparoscopic surgery as a minimally invasive option for treating common types of diseases affecting the adrenal glands including Cushing’s Syndrome, Conn’s Disease, and Pheochromocytoma (a type of adrenal tumor).

A typical laparoscopic adrenalectomy has a short recovery period, and often patients are discharged within 24 to 72 hours of the procedure.

The appendix is a worm-shaped, dormant organ attached to the end of a pouch-like structure of the colon, called the cecum. Though no current function of the appendix is known, it is highly susceptible to sudden inflammation (appendicitis). If left untreated it could burst, spread infection, or even become fatal.

Once infected, the appendix must be removed immediately. The trained surgical team at Onslow Surgical Clinic is experienced with handling emergency appendectomies, removing the appendix and repairing the tissue with the aid of a small surgical camera, through three to four small abdominal incisions.

Patients undergoing the laparoscopic procedure are usually discharged within 24 to 36 hours, compared with a more invasive surgery, which can keep patients in the hospital for three to five days.

The colon is part of the lower digestive tract, found in the large intestine. The colon helps to properly expel waste from the body. Laparoscopy is a less invasive way to effectively treat colorectal ailments such as rectal prolapse, pre-cancerous lesions, diverticular disease, and inflammatory bowel disease.

By creating small incisions and using thinner instruments, surgeons can mobilize and repair areas of the colon without creating much disturbance in the body; Recovery time for patients receiving laparoscopic surgery of the colon takes only days, as compared with weeks with traditional “open” surgery.

The gallbladder is a small, hollow organ located underneath the liver. This organ uses stored bile from the liver to aid in fat digestion. When too much cholesterol or calcium is present inside of the bile, crystalline masses or ‘gallstones’ can develop within the gallbladder.

Laparoscopic surgery of the gallbladder, also called a cholecystectomy, is a procedure that removes the gallbladder and gallstones through several small incisions using a medical camera scope within the abdominal area.