Over the past several decades, advances in the field of surgery have been driven by the introduction of minimally invasive techniques to the operating room.
At Monmouth Medical Center, this trend of performing surgery through small incisions is clearly illustrated in a history that is rich in laparoscopic milestones. Aided by powerful microscopes and video cameras and using pencil-thin instruments, highly skilled surgeons are able to get an extremely detailed look of the surgical site to precisely perform these advanced procedures.
Since introducing laparoscopic colectomies in 2001, for example, Monmouth’s colorectal surgeons alone have performed hundreds of colon operations, making Monmouth one of the leading facilities in the Northeast to offer this sophisticated procedure. The Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Monmouth is a leader in laparoscopic colectomies, and was the first in the state invited to broadcast live, or real time, laparoscopic colon surgery to a meeting of the American College of Surgeons in 2005.
Colon surgery traditionally has been performed through an eight- to 12-inch incision, allowing surgeons to work inside the opening to remove a portion of the diseased bowel and reconnect the two remaining sections. With laparoscopic surgery, a large “open” incision no longer is needed. Instead, surgeons operate through several small incisions — each about one-quarter-inch long—through which they insert the laparoscope and special instruments to perform the same procedure.
For the patient, this minimally invasive technique results in less pain and scarring, a shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery Within several weeks, they usually can return to normal activities, including work.
“The advanced visualization capabilities of the laparoscope gives us a better view than seeing the surgical site with the naked eye,” explains board-certified colorectal surgeon Michael Arvanitis, M.D., FACS, chief of colon and rectal surgery at Monmouth. “We are able to watch the enlarged image of the patient’s internal organs on a television monitor as we perform the procedure through the small openings.”
“This procedure is proving extremely effective in treating colon cancer, benign polyps and diverticulitis, as well as other diseases of the colon,” says Frank J. Borao, M.D., FACS, medical director of The Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery. “Because of our experience in this sophisticated technique, a growing number of patients are becoming candidates for the procedure, reducing their risk for complications that can result from open surgery.”
Specifically, patients undergoing laparoscopic colectomy are less likely to lose a large amount of blood, or develop wound infections or abdominal hernia. To learn more about the benefits of minimally invasive surgery at Monmouth Medical Center, call 888-724-7123.
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