What is laparoscopic surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery, also called minimally invasive surgery, is an advanced technique that Dr. Araghizadeh uses for many colon and rectal surgeries. With traditional surgery, commonly called open surgery, the surgeon makes one large incision to access your abdomen. But, with laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Araghizadeh makes several tiny incisions (ports) with small cameras and instruments to access the contents of the abdomen.
The miniature surgical instruments go in one port and a tiny lighted camera enters another. The camera projects images to a monitor, where Dr. Araghizadeh views your colon and rectum in detail to perform precise surgery.
With the single-incision laparoscopic surgery technique (SILS), the surgical instruments and camera all enter the same port. With SILS and laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Araghizadeh performs many of the same colon and rectal surgeries in a less invasive way.
What is robotic surgery?
Robotic surgery is a more advanced variant of minimally invasive colon and rectal surgery. The technique is much like that of standard laparoscopic surgery. But, instead of manipulating the miniature surgical tools manually, Dr. Araghizadeh sits at a sophisticated computer console and uses small controllers to direct the surgical instruments precisely as he views your colon and rectum on a 3D monitor.
The robotic system controlling the surgical instruments moves only at Dr. Araghizadeh's direction. Robotic surgery is often used for rectal surgery because it's particularly effective in the areas where laparoscopic surgery can be more difficult. Sometimes, Dr. Araghizadeh combines robotic and laparoscopic surgery for ideal outcomes.
What are the benefits of robotic and minimally invasive surgery?
With both laparoscopic and robotic surgery (Minimally Invasive Surgery), your incisions are much smaller than with open surgery, which has several advantages, including:
- Less pain
- Faster Healing and return to normal
- Reduced need for prescription pain medication
- Less time in the hospital
- Less scarring
Overall, laparoscopic and robotic surgery have a faster and more comfortable recovery than traditional surgery, which is why these advanced surgical techniques have gained popularity.
What colon and rectal surgeries are laparoscopic or robotic?
Dr. Araghizadeh performs many colon and rectal surgeries using laparoscopic techniques, robotic techniques, or a combination of the two. This includes most colon and rectal surgeries, such as resections, colectomy, proctocolectomy, and other procedures.
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