Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an inflammatory condition of the digestive system that is primarily treated conservatively, through medication and diet modification. Overtime, however, chronic inflammation may cause digestive complications that must be addressed surgically. Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to repair damage to the intestines and other organs in the abdominal cavity.
At the IBD Center of Excellence, our patients benefit from a team of physicians dedicated to the comprehensive management of IBD symptoms and complications. When surgery is necessary, our colorectal surgeons are adept at performing the most advanced minimally invasive procedures.
To learn more about treatment for IBD, you may contact us at (888) 421-4172 to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians.
How Does Laparoscopy Work?
Laparoscopy is made possible with the use of a laparoscope, a thin camera-equipped device that can be inserted through a small incision in the abdomen. The laparoscope transmits live video feed from within the abdomen to a high-definition monitor in the operating room. This allows the surgeon to navigate organs and repair tissue with unparalleled precision.
During laparoscopic surgery, a small incision is made slightly below the belly button for placement of the laparoscope. Several incisions will be made around the abdomen to provide access for additional laparoscopic instruments. Carbon dioxide gas is then used to inflate the abdominal cavity so that its contents can be easily visualized throughout the procedure. Once the procedure is complete, the instruments and carbon dioxide gas are removed and the incisions are closed with sutures or surgical staples.
Who Is a Candidate for Laparoscopy?
If surgery is necessary to resolve symptoms or complications associated with IBD, our colorectal surgeons utilize minimally invasive laparoscopy whenever possible. At the IBD Center of Excellence, our surgeons perform a variety of procedures for the treatment of IBD laparoscopically, including:
- Small bowel resection
The decision to perform laparoscopic surgery rather than a traditional open approach is complex and depends on the health of the patient and extent of intestinal damage. Obesity, abdominal bleeding, or a history of multiple abdominal surgeries may indicate the need for traditional open surgery. Our surgeons work closely with each patient to determine an individualized treatment plan that will deliver the best results.
Advantages of Laparoscopy
The primary advantage of laparoscopy is that it allows direct view and precise repair of the abdominal organs with minimal tissue damage. The smaller incisions result in less bleeding and lower risk of complications. This translates to reduced pain and accelerated healing after the procedure, which is extremely beneficial to patients. Most importantly, laparoscopic surgery significantly decreases the patient’s length of hospital stay.
Contact an IBD Specialist in Beverly Hills
The IBD Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills offers a team of world-renowned gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons who have trained at some of the top medical schools and residencies in the country. Our extensive experience in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, coupled with a highly individualized approach, helps us to deliver compassionate and effective care to each patient.
For more information on laparoscopy and the surgical treatment of IBD, or to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians, please call (888) 421-4172.
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