Leading Edge Surgery at Mercy
General Surgery typically deals with procedures that focus on open cavity operations for abdominal complications. Surgeons may opt for General Surgery for patients who are diagnosed with appendicitis, hernias, gallbladder complications, gynecologic disease, stomach and intestinal issues, as well as many other medical problems. Surgeons are trained in advanced care as well as best-in-practice surgical techniques for these procedures.
Minimally Invasive/Laparoscopic Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery, also called laparoscopic surgery, uses advanced technology to better aid a surgeon during an operation. The surgeon uses one or perhaps several small incisions, depending on the surgery, to insert the laparoscope. The laparoscope is a tiny video camera and specially designed surgical equipment that allows the surgeon to perform the procedure. The video transmission gives the surgeon visual access to the site of damaged tissue and enhances the ability to perform highly technical surgery with precision, accuracy and care.
The National Institute of Robotic Surgery at Mercy in Baltimore, Maryland, offers patients a leading edge alternative for many surgical procedures. For most patients, robotic surgery offers faster recovery, less pain, a shorter hospital stay and the ability to quickly return to daily routines. Some robotic surgeries can be performed with one, single small incision, while others may require several tiny incisions. Mercy was the first Maryland hospital to perform single incision robotic surgery.
The surgical robot allows the surgeon to have greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization of the area to be treated and improved access. It is important to remember, not all patients may qualify for robotic surgery. For your best surgery option, talk to your physician, ask questions, and make an educated and informed decision.
Robotic Surgery at Mercy is performed for many different types of procedures including: