Minimally Invasive Surgery
The idea of facing surgery and its potential side effects can be daunting. However, with the advent of minimally invasive (also known as laparoscopic) surgery, patients can be reassured that these side effects can be dramatically lessened. Proven to be just as effective, and often safer, than open, or traditional surgery, minimally invasive surgery results in less pain, less scarring and a quicker return to daily activities and work. With new techniques and the most modern technology available, we are able to perform even very complex surgeries in a minimally invasive manner. Surgery has never been safer than it is today.
At Advanced Surgical Associates (ASA), our surgeons have training and expertise in many of the most innovative, acceptable, minimally invasive techniques. In fact, ASA surgeons were among the first in the North Jersey region to practice minimally invasive surgery in many sub-specialties including Weight Loss Surgery, Hernia Repair, Gallbladder Surgery, Surgery for GERD and more.
Minimally invasive general surgery is performed by making 4 to 6 small incisions (1 inch or less) in the abdomen. By using specialized surgical instruments and miniature cameras, the surgeon can achieve the same results that previously required large, open incisions.
Today, we perform the vast majority of our procedures in a minimally invasive manner. However, there are times when open surgery is indicated. This is most commonly the case when the surgical site is not easily accessible laparoscopically (often due to scar tissue from previous surgeries or excess accumulation of fat tissue). Also, certain hernia conditions may be best treated with an open procedure, especially if there are multiple hernias to be addressed. Finally, the surgeon may have to convert to open during the surgery itself if any unforeseen circumstances threaten the patient’s safety.
While minimally invasive surgery is still major surgery, it has ushered in a new level of patient comfort and safety. While we never hope to need surgery, many of the most complex general surgeries are now routine. Please speak to our office to learn more about the minimally invasive option for you or a loved one.