WHAT IS LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY?


GARTH H. BALLANTYNE, M.D., M.B.A.
F.A.C.S., F.A.S.C.R.S.

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GENERAL SURGERY & COLON AND RECTAL SURGERY

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The minimally invasive technique of laparoscopic surgery was successfully introduced for gynecological procedures in the early 1970's.

Since 1988, when laparoscopy was approved for cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), patient demand has contributed to a rapid expansion in the number of laparoscopic procedures performed. Today, 95 percent of gallbladder removals are accomplished laparoscopically, and the approach has been adapted successfully for other surgeries of the abdomen, chest, and vascular system.

Today's advanced digital technology allows magnification of the laparoscopic surgery site up to 20 times actual size, permitting surgeons to see anatomical structures in exquisite detail. New three-dimensional imaging technology allows the surgeon to “operate with two eyes” - viewing internal organs stereoscopically, rather than in two dimensions only. Intraoperative ultrasound allows “real time” scans of the surgery site as the operation proceeds, providing additional valuable information.

More and more surgical procedures are likely to be performed by laparoscopy as patients realize the advantages of a minimally invasive approach, and as more physicians are trained to perform advanced laparoscopic procedures. The Center for Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery at St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital Center is committed to making this option more available.

 

LAPAROPSCOPY -
SURGERY OPTION FOR A NEW ERA

Until recently, surgery was the most traditional of medical practices, employing techniques and instruments developed more than a century ago. But now patients have a new choice.

Laparoscopy- a minimally invasive approach to surgery of the abdomen -accomplishes traditional surgical goals while delivering less pain, faster recovery, and happier patients.

Dr. Ballantyne at the Center for Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center is one of the pioneers in this exciting field. His surgical expertise has permitted hundreds of patients to achieve full recovery and get back on their feet in a hurry.

 

A FEW TINY INCISIONS:

Sometimes known as "keyhole" or "pinhole" surgery, laparoscopy typically entails four incisions of 5 to 10 ml 'llimeters - just large enough to admit the passage of the Surgeons light, a tiny video camera, and precision-crafted surgical instruments. Without the trauma of a long incision, both pain and healing time are greatly reduced.

Related benefits include less need for post-operative pain medication, plus an earlier return to physical activity and a normal diet. Less time in bed means fewer p?st-operative pulmonary and gastrointestinal complications and stronger blood circulation. Most patients can rebuild strength and return to normal life in days rather than weeks.

 

NEW TECHNOLOGIES:

Laparoscopy was approved for gallbladder surgery six years ago. Since that time the field has advanced quickly through the development of new technologies. Three-dimensional imaging and intraoperative ultrasound, available only recently, allow surgeons a better view of internal structures, making laparoscopy a safe option for a growing list of more complex surgical procedures.

The Center for Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center was created by internationally respected surgeons who have led the way in extending laparoscopy to these new applications. As a beta test site for the newest laparoscopic instrumentation, the Center is the only one in New York that is optimally equipped to perform the most sophisticated procedures.

 

CANDIDATES FOR LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY:

Any adult who is a good candidate for elective surgery can benefit from laparoscopy. Those who are especially well suited include:

 

ACTIVE ADULTS:

The laparoscopy option is particularly appealing to young and middle-aged adults with pressing career and family responsibilities. These patients are often attracted by the "high tecch” aspect of laparoscopy, as well as by the rapid recovery it offers.

 

ELDERLY PATIENTS:

Laparoscopys advantages for patients over 65 were demonstrated in a study comparing the outcomes of laparoscopic and traditionally performed bowel resections in elderly colon cancer patients. The laparoscopy patients had better post-operative heart and pulmonary function, less pain, fewer complications of surgery, and less post-operative time spent in bed. Two years later, cancer recurrence in the two groups was equivalent (two-year outcomes normally are strong predictors of future bowel cancer recurrence).

 

INGUINAL HERNIA PATIENTS:

Laparoscopy is in demand among patients with inguinal hernia based on superior patient comfort and quick recovery. The outcomes of hernia correction by experienced laparoscopic surgeons are equivalent those performed traditionally.

 

PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC HEARTBURN:

Gastroesophageal reflux disease -a condition in which stomach acids move upward from the stomac into the esophagus - can now be treated by laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication as an alternative to major invasive surgery. The Center is one of the few facilities in the U.S. with surgeons practiced in this laparoscopic application.

 

PATIENTS REQUIRING COLORECTAL SURGERY:

Improvements in laparoscopic surgical instruments and imaging now extend the laparoscopy option to bowel resection for the treatment of colorectal canc colorectal polyps, diverticular disease, Crohn's dise chronic ulcerative colitis, and rectal prolapse.

 


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  • MAIN MENU for The Center for Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
  • GARTH H. BALLANTYNE, M.D. - BACKGROUND AND TRAINING Dr. Ballantyne's background, training, academic career and clinical experience are outlined. In addition a full list of his PUBLICATIONS and LECTURES are inluded on linked web pages. Finally, the INSURANCE PLANS in which Dr. Ballantyne participates are indicated on another linked page.
  • LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY - A new type of surgery that decreases the size of incisions used by surgeons that causes less pain and speeds recovery compared to traditionsl surgical techniques. It is also called Keyhole Surgery, Band Aid Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • CENTER FOR ADVANCED LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY - A new state of the art laparoscopic surgery center at a major university teaching hospital in Manhattan. Our Center is based at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center which is a Teaching Hospital of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
  • AN OVERVIEW OF LAPAROSCOPIC GASTROINTESTINAL SURGERY - Results and complications of diagnostic and therapeutic laparoscopy are regiewed. Topics include esophageal, gastric, hepatobiliary, small bowel and colorectal laparoscopic surgery procedures.
  • LAPAROSCOPIC COLECTOMY - Laparoscopic removal of a part of the colon for diverticulitis, colon cancer, rectal cancer, colorectal cancer, Crohn's Disease, Chronic Ulcerative Colitis, rectal prolapse, volvulus, sigmoid volvulus, cecal volvulus or constipation.
  • LAPAROSCOPIC CHOLECYSTECTOMY - Surgical removal of the gallbladder for gallstones, cholelithiasis, acute cholecystitis, chronic cholecystitis, choledocholithiasis, biliary colic or common bile duct stones.
  • LAPAROSCOPIC INGUINAL HERNIA REPAIR - Surgical repair of inguinal hernia, femoral hernia, double hernia, recurrent hernia, groin hernia, indirect hernia or direct hernia.
  • GASTRO-ESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE (GERD) - Hiatal hernia, heartburn, acid reflux, Barrett's esophagus, reflux esophagitis, or esophageal stricture.
  • THERAPY OF GASTRO-ESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE - Treatment of hiatal hernia, heartburn, acid reflux, reflux esophagitis, Barrett's esophagus or esophageal stricture.
  • SURGICAL TREATMENT OF GASTRO-ESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE - Selection of patients and selection of a surgeon for Laparocopic Nissen Fundoplication.
  • LAPAROSCOPIC NISSEN FUNDOPLICATION - Surgical repair of a hiatal hernia, acid reflux or heartburn.
  • WHICH IS ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE? TRADITIONAL WESTERN MEDICINE, MODERN EXPERIMETAL MEDICINE or LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY.
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