Multi Speciality Medical Practice located in Dobbs Ferry, NY & Yonkers, NY
Laparoscopic surgery is an advanced technique used by the skilled surgical team at Symphony Medical. These procedures are minimally invasive and require shorter recovery times than traditional open surgery. Call the Andrus office in Yonkers, New York, or the one in Dobbs Ferry, New York, to learn more about laparoscopic surgery, or use the online tool to set up a consultation.
Laparoscopic Surgery Q & A
What is laparoscopic surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery is a method of surgery that uses a laparoscope, a slender tube with a small camera attached. The camera fits through tiny incisions to magnify the surgical site on a screen in the operating room.
Your surgeon uses tiny instruments to complete your surgical procedure. He guides these instruments using the image on the screen.
Laparoscopic surgery is a valid alternative to traditional open surgery for many procedures. It’s minimally invasive, resulting in less pain and shorter recoveries.
Why would I consider laparoscopic surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery has many advantages, especially compared to open surgery. These include:
- Less pain
- Smaller incisions and minimal scarring
- Less bleeding
- Lower risk of complications
- Shorter recovery times
- Shorter hospital stays
Not all procedures can be done using laparoscopic techniques. Your Symphony Medical surgeon carefully evaluates your case to determine what surgical approach is best for you.
What types of procedures are eligible for laparoscopic surgery?
Your surgeon may recommend laparoscopic surgery for:
- Gynecological surgeries
- Pancreatic or spleen surgery
- Bariatric surgery
- Gallbladder removal
- Stomach surgery
- Orthopedic surgeries
Laparoscopic surgery is sometimes used to diagnose a condition, especially if you have unexplained abdominal pain or gynecological symptoms.
How should I prepare for laparoscopic surgery?
The surgical team at Symphony Medical gives you comprehensive pre-surgery instructions. Usually, laparoscopic surgery still requires anesthesia, so you can’t eat or drink after midnight the day before your procedure.
You may need to temporarily stop taking certain medications or supplements that interfere with anesthesia.
What is recovery like after laparoscopic surgery?
Most laparoscopic surgeries are done on an outpatient basis. This means you go home the same day, once the nurses have determined that you have safely come out of the anesthesia and that your vitals are normal.
Your surgeon recommends that you avoid any strenuous activity for a few weeks following surgery. You’re cleared for activities like driving and exercise at future appointments.
To learn more about the laparoscopic surgery procedures offered at Symphony Medical, call one of the offices today or use the online tool to schedule a consultation.