Laparoscopic Surgery now involves the usage of 3-D cameras and thin instruments to improve the perception of depth. Commonly known as “Minimally Invasive Surgery”, this procedure requires the surgeon to make ½ inch incisions to place the ports through these incisions.
Laparoscopic surgery has revolutionized the field of surgery over the past few years. It has gained worldwide popularity and acceptance by surgeons and patients alike. Minimal scarring, less pain, and shorter hospital stay are the main reasons behind the global appeal of this novel technique. The recent introduction of robotic surgery is also gaining popularity, in additional to single port laparoscopic surgery (SILS), which can be scar less surgery. Most of the surgical procedures, which were considered contraindication for the laparoscopic approach, have eventually become the most common and acceptable indications today.
How is the Procedure Performed?
The camera and the instruments, which are inserted through the ports, allow access to the inside of patient. The video camera transmits an image of the organs inside the abdomen on a television monitor. But, the surgeon cannot see directly in the patient without making a traditional large incision. The camera is the surgeon’s eyes, as the surgeon uses the image from the camera positioned inside the patient’s body to perform the procedure.
There were several procedures, which were considered contraindicated for laparoscopic surgeries are now increasingly being performed. Like:
- Peptic Ulcer perforation
- Intestinal Obstruction caused because of adhesions, bands and strictures
- Resection and anastomosis of small and large bowel for a benign and malignant disease
- Complicated procedures like removal of pancreas (Distal pancreatectomy)
- Surgery for pseudo pancreatic cyst (Cysto-gastrostomy)
- Anti-reflux surgery
- Hiatus Hernia
- Diaphragmatic Hernia
Laparoscopic Surgery in General Surgery is performed for:
- Gallstone (laparoscopic Cholecystectomy)
- Appendicitis (laparoscopic Appendicectomy)
- Hernia (laparoscopic mesh repair for inguinal, umbilical/ para-umbilical, incisional hernia)
- Paediatric age group (Lap Herniotomy), Appendicitis, and Undescended Testis (testis in abnormal position inside abdomen).
Laparoscopic surgery in Urology:
Many kidney related surgeries like:
- Nephrectomy (removal of kidney) for benign and malignant diseases,
- Partial nephrectomy for benign tumours
- Donor nephrectomy for kidney transplant
Laparoscopy in Gynaecology:
- All most all gynaecological procedures can be performed by laparoscopy like:
- Removal of uterus (total laparoscopic hysterectomy)
- Removal of fibroids (lap myomectomy)
- Removal for benign tumours and cysts of ovaries (lap cystectomy and lap oophrectomy)
- Surgery for ectopic pregnancy
Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery has become one of the most commonly performed abdominal surgeries.
What is Robot assisted surgery?
Da Vinci™ is a computer-assisted robotic system that expands a laparoscopic surgeon's capability to operate within the abdomen in a less invasive way during laparoscopic surgery. Da Vinci™ system allows greater precision and better visualization as compared to standard laparoscopic surgery.
The operations with the Da Vinci System are performed with no direct mechanical connection between the surgeon and the patient. The surgeon is remote from the patient, working a few feet from the operating table while seated at a computer console with a three-dimensional view of the operating field.
The surgeon operates two masters (similar to joysticks) that control the two mechanical arms on the robot. The mechanical arms are armed with specialized instruments with hand-like movements which carry out the surgery through tiny holes in the patient’s abdomen. Three small incisions (approximately one half inch) are made in the abdomen, through which a video camera and the robotic arms with the highly-specialized instruments are introduced. The video camera provides high resolution, high magnification and depth perception.
SILS and Mini-Laparoscopy is Gaining Momentum
With the success of laparoscopy in abdominal surgery during the past decade, one of the more recent advances in the field requires only one entry point, typically in the umbilical site.
Therefore, there is an increasing interest in SILS both as an alternative to traditional laparoscopy and as an adjunct to robotic surgery. Almost every type of laparoscopic abdominal surgery using the single-site approach has been performed.
What are its Benefits?
The reduction in the number of ports offers several benefits as compared to conventional laparoscopic surgery including:
- Improved cosmetic results
- Reduced pain, reduced time to recovery and shortened hospital stay
- Reduced port-associated complications like hernias, vascular and soft-tissue traumatic injuries during trocar insertion, and nerve injuries.
- Performance of several abdominal surgeries like gall bladder removal, Appendicectomy, Herniotomy, diagnostic lap using 3mm instruments.