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Topic Title: Laparoscopic Surgery?
Created On: 11/05/2009 04:36 PM
 
 02/25/2013 03:53 PM

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marie33

I agree, it is impressive how advanced some procedures have become. A friend of mine has a long chest scar that remains quite obvious until this day (her surgery was over 30 years ago). Fortunately, the defect that precipitated that particular scar is now addressed through a catheterization. Still, I assume cutting techniques are more advanced today, as well. For instance, if a long incision is made, the scar today has a better chance of being less visible than it did years ago. [br][br]Does anyone know if this is accurate?
 12/30/2011 11:48 AM

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Cher777

Wow, it is totally amazing how far medical advancements have come! At one time, large scars were a natural part of many surgeries. Now, smaller scars rule. Actually, I know a few people who have undergone laparoscopic surgery for different reasons (e.g., gallbladder removal, ovarian cyst removal, exploratory surgery), and each one is more than pleased with the result. I wish this type of procedure was around years ago when I was having unexplained problems with my stomach. If so, I probably would not have the large scar that now sits there. [br][br]
 11/05/2009 04:36 PM

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spark

It’s amazing how far along we’ve come in terms of surgical technology and technique.  I just read an article about a technique called “Laparoscopic surgery” which allows for patients to undergo minimally invasive surgery wherein only one incision is used.  Apparently, “One-incision surgeries use the same type of devices as traditional laparoscopic surgeries [but] instead of making up to four or more incisions in the stomach and abdomen area, only one is made through the belly button.” 
The belly-button is used because of how easy it is to access it, regardless of the physical build of the patient.  Not to mention that it’s centrally located on the body which means it’s easier to reach mnay different organs through the belly button.  This is all according the Dr. Vadim Sherman, assistant professor of surgery and director of the Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center at Baylor College of Medicine.  
The most obvious benefit for this type of surgery is less scarring.  Dr. Sherman has used this technique to remove appendixes, gallbladders, feeding tubes, and more recently, some obstetrical-related surgeries.
To read the full article, click [url=http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1781262/laparoscopic_surgery_cuts_down_on_incisions/]here[/url]

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