While some problems related to the digestive system can be treated with medicine and lifestyle changes, others require a surgical intervention. A surgery that serves as a treatment for diseases associated with your digestive tract is called gastrointestinal surgery. This type of surgery aims at removing a cancerous or a non-cancerous growth from your digestive tract or rectifying a damaged part of the gastrointestinal tract. Generally, gastrointestinal surgery is divided into two categories; upper GI surgery and lower GI surgery. The upper GI surgery focuses on the upper parts of the digestive tract such as the stomach, esophagus, liver, pancreas, and gall bladder. The lower GI surgery is relevant to lower parts of the digestive tract such as the small intestine, the colon, the rectum, etc. On the basis of the surgical approach, gastrointestinal procedures are further divided into two types; laparoscopic surgery and open GI surgery.
What is Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal Surgery?
Laparoscopic surgical procedures are an advanced surgical technique which are performed by making tiny incisions (3-5mm in size) in the abdomen or a single incision in the navel/belly button (also known as single incision laparoscopic surgery - SILS). After making the incisions, a long, thin tube with a tiny camera attached to its tip is inserted. The camera guides the surgeon by capturing live visuals inside your body. Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal surgery focuses on treating issues related to the GI tract through keyhole incisions. Whether it’s Gallbladder stones, appendectomy, cysts, or hernias etc., the surgical team at Digestive Health Institute uses only the laparoscopic method to treat such issues.
Benefits of Laparoscopy :- Reduces post-operative pain- Reduces risk of infections - Recovery time is quicker - Minimal or no scars