The New Wave in Minimally Invasive Surgery
With the use of special tools and instruments, “incisionless” surgery provides access to the abdominal organs through the patient’s naval with no visible incisions, eliminating the need for open incisions into the body.
During gallbladder removal, or cholecystectomy, a thin tube or “trocar” containing a small video camera is inserted in the naval incision, allowing the surgeon to see inside the body. A device using electric current detaches the gallbladder, which is then withdrawn through a trocar near the naval. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and the patient is usually discharged to home the same day. After post-operative evaluation by the surgeon, full activity can be resumed as soon as the patient feels comfortable.
According to David Bjerken, M.D., who specializes in performing this procedure at Florida Hospital Waterman, “Operating through a tiny incision in the naval means less pain, faster healing, and less scarring. Since the incision is extremely small, discomfort after surgery is reduced and recovery is faster.”