Dr. Maher Abbas is an American Board Certified Colon and Rectal Surgeon who performs the latest and most advanced procedures to treat conditions affecting the small intestine, colon, rectum, and anus. He is a leader in minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery. With over 14,000 operations and procedures experience, he provides state of the art treatment to his patients.
What is laparoscopic camera surgery?
Laparoscopic camera surgery (keyhole surgery) is a minimally invasive surgical technique which allows the surgeon to treat a variety of abdominal conditions. Laparoscopic camera surgery is done through a few small incisions (typically 5 to 10 millimeters in size) [Figure 1]. An additional small incision is made in the lower abdomen to remove any diseased part. Using fine small instruments and a camera, the surgeon is able to operate with great precision inside the abdomen. The technique was initially adopted in surgery around the late 1980’s for simple operations such as gallbladder and appendix removal. As the technology improved, there was a gradual introduction of this technique for complex abdominal operations such as colorectal surgical procedures.
Laparoscopic colorectal surgery requires advanced training and a high level of expertise in order to perform it safely with the best quality outcome. Fellowship trained colorectal surgeons [surgeons with additional training] or minimally invasive trained general surgeons perform such delicate operations.
Figure 1 – Laparoscopic camera surgery with smaller scars
What are the advantages of laparoscopic camera surgery?
In the last two decades, there has been a gradual adaption of laparoscopic colorectal surgery in the United States of America and around the world. Numerous scientific studies have been conducted by academic leaders in surgery to demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of laparoscopic surgery. As a leading surgeon, Dr. Maher Abbas [see profile] has been involved in numerous scientific studies to advance the area of minimally invasive surgery. The benefits of laparoscopic camera surgery include all of the following:
- /drmaherabbas.com/profile/Faster recovery and shorter hospital stay
- Faster return to work [many patients can resume work within two weeks after a simple operation and one month after a complex operation]
- Fewer short-term complications
- Less blood loss
- Less nausea and vomiting after surgery and faster return to a regular diet
- Less pain
- Less risk of developing a hernia or small intestinal obstruction in the long-term
- Small incisions with better cosmetic results
Who is a candidate for laparoscopic camera surgery?
As a leader in the field of colorectal surgery and expert in minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopic camera surgery and endoscopic scarless surgery, Dr. Maher Abbas offers these techniques to the majority of his patients. Even if a patient has had previous abdominal surgery, Dr. Maher Abbas considers a minimally invasive approach. He provides the highest standard and quality of care as promoted by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. All patients with colorectal conditions are potential candidates for laparoscopic camera surgery including the following:
- All tumors of the colon, pelvis, small bowel
- Appendicitis and tumors of the appendix
- Colon cancer
- Colorectal polyps
- Complex colonic fistulas including fistulas to the bladder, skin, or vagina
- Crohn’s disease
- Pelvic floor disorders
- Rectal cancer
- Rectal prolapse
- Small bowel disease including adhesions (internal scars) and obstruction
- Ventral hernia
- Ulcerative colitis
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