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Dr. Betty Acker -Laparoscopic Surgery

In today’s Brazos Valley Physician’s Organization Journal of Medicine Report, Dr. Betty Acker discusses Laparoscopic surgery.

The fact is that Laparoscopic surgery that has been around for a very long time. It’s been in the mainstream in general surgery for patients having their appendix taken out, for gall bladders, for hernias, and it’s been used in gynecology for many years. We used it before the general surgeons. But a lot of patients don’t know it’s out there. What the laparoscope is, it’s a very small instrument with a little lighted camera that goes through an incision that is 5 millimeters, that is half of a centimeter, it’s tiny. The patient will have one of those incisions around the belly button, probably two or three more and it’s amazing how we can accomplish getting what could be a fairly large cyst out of a little half centimeter or one centimeter incision.

The patients are going to have less post-operative pain, less of a recovery time, they don’t have a big incision that has to heal. They can go back to their regular activities sooner.

They can go back to exercise, they can go back to work, they can go back to lifting and all these kinds of things. It’s really important that patients are educated to know that there are options.

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