Laparoscopy refers to a highly sophisticated surgical technique. It is also known as minimally invasive surgery, because it requires much smaller incisions than traditional methods. Although many consider this to be the future of surgical medicine, some doctors do not yet have the expertise or equipment, making availability of this option limited. Dr. Jenkins is trained and experienced in laparoscopic surgery, to provide the best care possible for women of Katy, TX, and surrounding areas.
How laparoscopy is different
Traditionally, a surgical procedure requires an incision large enough to give the doctor access and a clear view of the area. Laparoscopy is performed with very thin instruments, and the assistance of a video camera. The incisions are very small, usually about half on an inch. Ports (tubes) are inserted through these tiny incisions. Surgical instruments, including the tiny camera, go through the ports to accesses the treatment area.
The camera transmits high quality, real-time video to a screen. With this technique, the camera is the doctor’s “eyes.” This allows Dr. Jenkins to perform the procedure with precision accuracy, without being able to see the area directly.
A new era in surgical practice
Technology has transformed the practice of medicine in many ways, from improved diagnostics to new treatment options for many conditions. However, the traditional method of performing surgery has remained unchanged in many ways, utilizing the same techniques and tools today as a century ago. Laparoscopy is a modern, state-of-the-art method, making full use of technology for the benefit of the patient.
The benefits of laparoscopic surgery, as compared to traditional techniques, include:
- There is typically less discomfort following the procedure.
- Recovery times are much shorter. For example, a traditional hysterectomy may require six weeks or more, whereas recovery from a laparoscopic hysterectomy may be as little as two weeks.
- You can return to normal activities sooner.
- Smaller incisions mean there is minimal scarring. There may also be less internal scarring than with open surgery.
If you are facing gynecological surgery, call 855-346-8610 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Jenkins to learn more about minimally invasive options.
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