UPPER GI SURGERY
Stomach, Oesophagus,
GORD
GENERAL SURGERY
Herniae, Appendix, Bowel Obstruction
HEPATOBILIARY
SURGERY

Liver, Pancreas,
Gallbladder
BARIATRIC SURGERY
Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass
 
 

Procedures - Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is sometimes referred to as keyhole surgery. The abdomen is inflated with CO2 gas which is very benign and rapidly absorbed after surgery. This provides a space in the abdomen to facilitate surgery with long thin instruments and visualization with a high acuity telescope and camera. It is not always appropriate to perform laparoscopy but Dr Finch will discuss this with you. The advantages of laparoscopy are well established and include less post operative pain, fewer wound problems and a faster return to normal activities. It is routine for treatment of gallstones, hernias and gastroesophageal reflux.

Whenever laparoscopic surgery is commenced there is a small chance that it may need to be converted to a traditional open surgical technique. The usual reasons for this would be scar tissue from previous surgery or difficulty in visualizing or handling the tissue effectively. Dr Finch’s approach is that a safe, effective operation should always be achieved even if this means conversion to open surgery.

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