Our surgeon at Georgia Coast Surgical was one of the first in this area to begin performing General Surgical procedures laparoscopically. Since 2002 Dr. Kent has performed over 500 laparoscopic Gastric Bypass and LAP-BAND system implant procedures. He has the skill and experience to perform a wide range of laparoscopic surgical procedures including appendectomy, colectomy, and procedures to cure heartburn.
Laparoscopic Surgery is abdominal surgery that is performed through tiny incisions using video equipment to allow the surgeon to see what he is doing on the inside. The abdominal cavity is inflated with gas, usually carbon dioxide, to provide working space. Small grasping instruments and other devices such as staplers, suction tubes and the harmonic scalpel pass through ports placed through the small incisions. The actual procedure performed internally is the same as those done through an open incision.
The most important benefit of Laparoscopic Surgery is that there are no large, painful incisions. Patients are able to return to their usual activities quickly, often within a day or two, instead of having to spend several weeks recovering while a long incision heals. Respiratory problems such as pneumonia are much less common following Laparoscopic Surgery, again because the patient can move around and take deep breaths without discomfort. Infections and wound hernias seldom occur after Laparoscopic Surgery.
At Georgia Coast Surgical we can perform selected intraabdominal operations laparoscopically. The most common procedures include:
- Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band (LAP-BAND®)
- Anti-reflux Surgery
A general surgical procedure whether done open or laparoscopically involves the potential risk for complications after the surgery. These may include the following:
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Internal bleeding
- Blood clot
- Wound infection
- Cardiac events
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Injury to bowel or other internal organs