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Laparoscopic Surgery

For years, almost any kind of general surgery meant large incisions, open “hands-on” procedures and lengthy recovery periods. But now, thanks to technological advances, many procedures that were once performed as open surgeries have been dramatically improved, replaced by minimally invasive methods that are equally or more effective. Dr. Rod Rodriguez is a board-certified surgical specialist who is highly experienced with one of the most important minimally invasive surgical methods: laparoscopy.

What is laparoscopic surgery?

Laparoscopy involves the use of precision instruments and high-tech cameras. A few tiny incisions are all that are needed for laparoscopic surgery. This means shorter recovery periods, less scarring and far less pain than could ever be expected with older surgical methods. Dr. Rodriguez performs all laparoscopic surgeries using a special technique that is considered the “gold standard” among laparoscopic surgeons. When performing surgical removal of the gall bladder, also known as cholecystecotomy, he additionally routinely performs cholangiography, which is an X-ray examination of the bile ducts, because this is the safest approach when doing gall bladder surgery. Dr. Rodriguez does this routinely with every gall bladder operation.

Which surgeries are performed laparoscopically?

Surgeons use laparoscopy for a variety of procedures, and every year it seems that some new use for this technology is emerging. Dr. Rodriguez has achieved excellent results performing procedures like these laparoscopically:

  • Cholecystecomy
  • Abdominal wall hernia repair
  • Appendectomy
  • GERD/acid reflux surgery
  • Colon cancer removal

Dr. Rodriguez has an ongoing commitment to remaining on the leading edge of laparoscopic surgery. As technology and research progress, Dr. Rodriguez keeps abreast of the most valuable new laparoscopic procedures.

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