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Published on April 06, 2015

Laparoscopy: Tiny cuts, big gain

A speedy recovery.

surgery suiteThat’s what all of us want when we need to have surgery.

It’s also what the doctors at Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital work hard to provide. And it’s why they use minimally invasive techniques, such as laparoscopy and similar surgeries, whenever possible.

Faster healing

Patients often favor these types of procedures, because doctors only make one or more small incisions—not one big cut.

How does it work? Doctors pass a tube with a mini video camera in its tip through a small incision. Then they operate with small surgical instruments passed through the tube or other tiny incisions.

Getting you home sooner

“With minimally invasive surgery, your body doesn’t have to work as hard to mend,” says Prashanth Ramachandra, MD, Chair of Surgery at Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals. “There’s less injury to tissue.” 

As a result, hospital stays are usually shorter. Often, in fact, these are same-day surgeries—with no need to stay overnight.

Overall recovery is faster too. “You get back to work, your family and your life more quickly,” Dr. Ramachandra says.

These surgeries have even more benefits. Among them:

Less pain. Patients experience less discomfort after surgery, with a reduced need for pain medicine.
Less scarring. Smaller incisions mean less noticeable scars.
Higher accuracy. Video monitors give doctors a close-up, magnified view of the body’s structures. This allows more precision.

“We are committed to giving patients the best options for surgery,” Dr. Ramachandra says.

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