Many of these procedures can ease or resolve medical problems associated with obesity. Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery (ALS) results in reduced post-operative pain, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and much quicker recovery times when compared to traditional open surgery. This technique has been proven in studies to reduce the risk of post-operative wound complications, including infections and incisional hernias. In ALS, Dr. Roller, Dr. Kwon, Dr. Mourot, Dr. Bell, and Dr. Dutton use multiple small incisions (each usually 10mm or less). The abdominal cavity is filled with gas (carbon dioxide) to provide the surgeon with visibility. A video camera is introduced through one of the small incisions, and the surgery is completed using long, skinny instruments to perform the operation while looking at video monitors. At the end of the operation, the tiny incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches.
Procedures Performed Using The ALS Technique:
- Laparoscopic adrenalectomy (Removal of the adrenal glands)
- Minimally invasive inguinal hernia surgery (A common type of hernia, especially in men, that presents as a bulge in the groin that becomes more prominent while coughing, straining or rising to stand and is sometimes quite painful).
- Minimally invasive hiatal hernia surgery (A hiatal or hiatus hernia is the protrusion of the upper part of the stomach into the thorax through a tear or weakness in the diaphragm and is more common in morbidly obese individuals).
- Laparoscopic pancreas surgery
- Laparoscopic nissen fundoplication for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease also known as “GERD”
- Laparoscopic colon and bowel surgery
- Laparoscopic colectomy (Resection of the colon to treat a variety of conditions including: colon cancer, bowel infarctions, trauma, diverticulitis, Lynch syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
- Minimally invasive stomach surgery
- Laparoscopic splenectomy
- Single-incision laparoscopic gallbladder removal