Dr. Sean Yuan provides diagnostic laparoscopy services for his patients from his practice, Potts Surgical Associates in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. This minimally invasive procedure allows him to see inside his patients’ bodies in more detail and less risk than traditional open surgeries.
What is laparoscopy?
Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique where the surgeon inserts a laparoscope and specially designed surgical instruments into a patient’s body through small incisions. A laparoscope is a camera mounted on the end of a slim tube that is used to send images and video to a monitor for the doctor to look at organs and tissues as well as to watch any surgical procedures. Laparoscopy is a powerful diagnostic tool because of the clear visuals available to the surgeon throughout the procedure. It is a preferred diagnostic technique because the risks of traditional open surgery are significantly reduced and patients have quicker recovery with less scarring.
How is diagnostic laparoscopy used in bariatric surgery?
Laparoscopy is used by Dr. Yuan to diagnose medical issues and conditions. If a patient is experiencing abdominal pain, the doctor can determine the cause of the pain which could range from appendicitis, intra-abdominal scarring, abdominal bleeding, and in rare cases cancer. Similarly, if a patient has a lump in their abdomen, the doctor can use this procedure to see what is in more detail than an x-ray or other imaging tool could reveal. The doctor can also take biopsies during laparoscopy for further testing.
What happens during the procedure?
The patient will usually be sedated for the procedure. The abdomen will be prepared and the surgeon will make a couple of small incisions. He will then place cannulas, or small tubes into the incisions. The laparoscope and other instruments will be inserted through the cannulas into the body. The abdomen is inflated with air to create space for Dr. Yuan to see clear images. For diagnostics, the surgeon will look at the organs and tissues to determine what condition or issue is present. He may also take a biopsy, or tissue sample. When the diagnostic exploration is complete, the instruments and cannulas are removed and the small incisions stitched closed.
What are the benefits of diagnostic laparoscopy?
The patient benefits from this minimally invasive procedure in many ways. First, in most cases, he or she is able to go home on the same day. The incisions take less time to heal and are less painful than traditional surgeries, allowing the patient to return to normal activities in less time. Also, since the incisions are so small, there are fewer and smaller scars.