Metro Bariatrics - Amir Moazzez MD, FACS

Laparoscopic Surgery

What is laparoscopic surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery is also known as minimally invasive surgery. It uses small incisions, ranging from 5 mm to 12 mm, and uses ports or trocars that go into the hole. These ports allow instruments to enter the abdomen and perform surgery.

What are the advantages of laparoscopic surgery?

The operation is the same inside the abdomen, no matter if the surgery is done with a big incision or several small incisions. Advantages are much smaller scars, less pain, quicker recovery, and a shorter stay in the hospital. For the surgeon, the camera actually offers a better view of the deep pelvis and the abdomen.

What are the disadvantages of laparoscopic surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery is longer than open surgery.

What operations can be done laparoscopically?

Most surgeries are now done laparoscopically. We offer laparoscopic colon and rectal resections. We have removed the entire colon through 4 incisions: 1 incision measuring 1.2 cm, 2 incisions measuring 0.5 cm, and one incision measuring 3 cm (to get the colon out).

We can treat a wide variety of diseases, such as colon cancer, rectal cancer, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, rectal prolapse, and other diseases.

How safe is laparoscopic surgery?

The procedure is the same inside, no matter how big or small the incision is. We do start almost all our cases laparoscopically. If it is not safe to proceed, we covert to a big incision. Reasons for conversion include dense scar tissue, infection, inability to tolerate air in the abdomen, or other reasons.