M. Shane Dawson, MD, FACS
General Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery & Robotic Surgery located in Upper East Side, New York, NY
Few things have revolutionized surgical care more than laparoscopic surgery. Working with a skilled surgeon like M. Shane Dawson, MD, FACS, in New York’s Upper East Side is the best way to leverage this advanced technological approach to its greatest advantage. If you’re curious about laparoscopic surgery and how it might work with your treatment plan, request a visit with Dr. Dawson today in New York City, online or by phone.
Laparoscopy Q & A
What is laparoscopic surgery?
Surgery is any procedure that involves physically altering your body’s natural tissues. In decades past, that meant a procedure involving a large opening in your body that gave the surgeon access to the treatment area.
Laparoscopic surgery changed that approach by enabling surgeons to access all areas of your body using specialized tools. These procedures often require just a few small incisions and deliver impressive results.
Laparoscopic surgery can treat numerous conditions in many areas of your body. Some of the more common applications include appendectomy, cholecystectomy, splenectomy, and removal of sections of the small and large intestine. In some cases, organs can be completely removed through laparoscopic surgery.
What is a laparoscope?
A laparoscope is a surgical tool comprised of a thin tube equipped with a light and camera. The camera transmits real-time images of your organs and tissues to an external screen. That allows Dr. Dawson to “see” the surgical site without the need for a large open incision.
The image on the screen is displayed in high resolution with just the right level of lighting. The image can also be magnified to help Dr. Dawson examine the areas of focus.
What are the benefits of laparoscopic surgery?
There are many reasons why Dr. Dawson prefers laparoscopic procedures to traditional open surgery. Some of the benefits of laparoscopy include:
- Less bleeding
- Faster recovery
- A swift return to normal activities
- Smaller external scars
- Chance of less internal scarring
Laparoscopic surgery allows you to come home from the hospital in less time than open surgery. You’ll be able to play a more active role in your recovery and get back into the swing of your normal life quickly.
How many incisions does laparoscopic surgery require?
Your surgical plan depends on a number of things, including the target area and what type of repairs are needed. In some cases, the laparoscope and specialized surgical tools can be inserted through the same incision.
That approach can make it hard to maneuver the surgical tools as needed. The preferred approach is often several small incisions that allow the surgical tools to enter your body at the proper angle and work together to complete the procedure.
If you have additional questions about laparoscopic surgery, call or use the online tool to request a personalized consultation at the office of M. Shane Dawson, MD, FACS, today.