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What is LAPAROSCOPIC Surgery?
As opposed to large incisions on the body required in standard open surgery, small 10 mm and 5 mm incisions are used to insert telescopes and instruments that are then manipulated inside the body to operate. The telescopes use a high resolution video camera so organs such as kidneys, adrenals, prostate, and ureters can be clearly visualized and magnified to optimize the surgery.
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Although laparoscopic surgery is easier on the patient than open surgery, it requires great skill and technique which require specialized training. Laparoscopy can be performed through several approaches. Access to the specific target organs may be gained either going through or outside the patient's abdomen. There are advantages/disadvantages to each approach. The abdominal approach requires the surgeon to gain access through a patient's abdomen. The benefit to this is a large amount of working space for the operation and easy access to the medial side of the kidney. Remaining outside the abdomen in the retroperitoneal approach allows the surgeon to avoid the bowel and any scar tissue caused from prior abdominal surgery. However, this approach does not give the surgeon a large amount of working space to perform the operation and therefore, requires the urologist to be highly skilled. Both Dr. Boczko and Dr. Blair perform laparoscopy. Our practice has an advantage in being able to offer either of the above approaches to our patients.
Over the past ten years advances in technology have been coupled with advances in the skill of dedicated surgeons allowing laparoscopic surgery to become the procedure of choice for many operations. Currently, laparoscopy is used to operate on the kidneys, prostates, lymph nodes, and adrenal masses, and is used for various reconstructive urologic procedures. The specific advantage to the patient with laparoscopic surgery is that it achieves the same end result as open surgery but it converts an operation that would traditionally need to be done through a long cut in the abdomen into one done through a few small cuts.
Many urologic surgeons coming out of their training have already had some exposure to laparoscopy. However, be sure that your urologist has had both extensive training and experience in the specific fields of urologic laparoscopy.
Laparoscopic Procedures Offered
Center for Robotics, Laparoscopy, and Advanced Urology
WESTMED Medical Group
210 Westchester Avenue
Department of Urology
White Plains, NY 10604
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171 Hugenot Street
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