Laparoscopic Surgery Specialist

General Surgical Care P.C.

General Surgeons located in Bethlehem, PA

Laparoscopic surgery offers safe and effective surgical intervention with fewer risks, quicker recovery time, and minimal scarring. Dr. Mark Schadt and Dr. Richard Conron, Jr. at General Surgical Care have extensive experience performing laparoscopic surgery for abdominal conditions like gallstones and hernias. If you have any questions about whether you’re a candidate for laparoscopic surgery, call their office in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, or schedule a consultation online.

Laparoscopic Surgery Q & A

What is laparoscopic surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery is a type of minimally-invasive surgery performed through several small incisions that are no longer than one-half inch. This type of surgery is accomplished using long, thin instruments inserted through the incisions.

A laparoscope is the key piece of equipment. It contains a light and high-definition, 3D, video camera that displays images from inside your body on a monitor. This device gives your surgeon at General Surgical Care the advantage of a magnified, high-quality image of the surgical site.

All of the instruments needed to complete surgical procedures and repair tissues inside your body are contained in narrow tubes that easily reach the surgical site. One side of the tube has the instrument, while the other side has controls used by the surgeon to manipulate the tools.

Can laparoscopy be used to diagnose disease?

Yes, a laparoscope makes an excellent diagnostic tool because of the magnified and high-resolution view it provides of organs and structures inside your abdomen. Diagnostic laparoscopy is recommended when the underlying cause of symptoms can’t be precisely identified with standard tests or to determine the extent of disease that’s found using noninvasive testing.

The surgeons at General Surgical Care may use diagnostic laparoscopy to determine the cause of diffuse abdominal pain. It’s also commonly used to diagnose health conditions such as gallbladder inflammation and diverticulitis.

What are the benefits of laparoscopic surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery causes less trauma to your body compared to traditional open surgery. Minimally-invasive surgery offers the following benefits:

  • Small incisions
  • Minimal scarring
  • Less pain
  • Quick recovery time
  • Low risk of infection
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Outpatient surgery or shorter hospital stay

What types of procedures are performed using laparoscopic surgery?

Many types of minimally-invasive surgeries can be performed using a laparoscope, including surgery to remove cancer. The surgeons at General Surgical Care commonly perform the following laparoscopic surgeries:

  • Cholecystectomy: remove gallbladder to treat gallstones, inflammation, and biliary disease
  • Hernia repair: inguinal and incisional hernias are repaired with laparoscopic surgery
  • Nissen fundoplication: laparoscopic procedure to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease and hiatal hernia
  • Colectomy: surgery to remove all or part of intestine, used for diverticulitis and cancer
  • Appendectomy: inflamed appendix removed with laparoscopic surgery