Laparoscopic surgery

Laparoscopic surgery (also known as minimally invasive surgery) is a major advance in modern surgical technique. It involves making small incisions in the abdomen, usually less than an inch long, to allow long, thin instruments to reach the internal organs. A miniature camera, known as a laparoscope, is passed via one of the small incisions and images of the abdominal organs from the camera are magnified and projected onto a television monitor. This allows the surgeon to carry out many procedures inside the abdomen, without making large cuts.

Laparoscopic surgery has many advantages over traditional open surgery which include:

  • Less post-operative pain and therefore less painkiller requirements
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Quicker return to normal activity – work and school
  • Less wound problems, such as infections, bruising and swellings
  • Better cosmetic results

Laparoscopic surgeons have to undergo extensive training to acquire the skills necessary to carry out complex surgical procedures using this technique. Mr Agwunobi has performed over 3,500 laparoscopic procedures, including in patients who have had previous open abdominal surgery with extensive scarring.

Common Abdominal Surgery performed as Minimally Invasive Procedures:

  • Laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery (Nissen Fundoplication)
  • Laparoscopic hiatus hernia repair
  • Gallbladder removal – laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Hernia repairs – inguinal, epigastric, umbilical and incisional hernia
  • Small bowel resection and anastomosis
  • Removal of spleen
  • Appendicectomy
  • Weight loss surgery or bariatric procedures
  • Cancer surgery – oesophageal, stomach and colon cancer resections

Please note that this list is by no means exhaustive as new techniques are constantly being developed by surgeons. The technique best suited to your condition, including the benefits and potential complications, will be discussed with you before you make a decision.