Minimally Invasive Surgery

Philip L. Leggett, MD -  - General Surgery

Philip L. Leggett, MD

General Surgery & Acid Reflux Treatment located in Houston, TX

If you need surgery, talk to your surgeon about minimally invasive surgery options. At their practice in Houston, Philip L. Leggett, MD, and Seeyuen Lee, MD, offer a variety of minimally invasive surgical procedures to address conditions ranging from appendicitis to acid reflux. Call the office today or schedule a consultation online to find out if minimally invasive surgery is right for you.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery includes techniques that allow your surgeon to surgically repair your body without having to make a large incision. Dr. Leggett and Dr. Lee use laparoscopy and endoscopic surgery at their practice.

Laparoscopy, also referred to as keyhole surgery, involves special surgical instruments mounted on the ends of long thin tubes, which your surgeon inserts through inch-long incisions in your body. A laparoscope is a device with a camera and light on the end. The camera sends a video feed from inside your body to a monitor in the treatment room, allowing your doctor to examine your insides without having to make a large incision.

Endoscopic surgery relies on an endoscope. An endoscope is similar to a laparoscope, but instead of inserting it through small incisions in your body, your surgeon slides it through your esophagus or rectum to examine your digestive tract and provide a visual guide for surgery. When you have a lower endoscopic surgery, the endoscopic device is called a colonoscope.

What happens during minimally invasive surgery?

Depending on the type of surgery, your doctor provides a sedative to help you sleep through the procedure. Then, they either insert the endoscope or make the incisions to insert the laparoscope. If necessary, your doctor inflates your body with air to create space for clear video images.

Your surgeon examines your internal organs and uses additional specially designed surgical instruments to complete your surgery. For example, if you have an endoscopic surgery to treat a hiatal hernia, your surgeon may use the OverStitchâ„¢ Endoscopic Suturing System to close the hernia.

When your procedure is complete, your surgeon extracts the surgical instruments and closes any small incisions with a stitch or suture.

What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgeries are usually safer than traditional open operations. They have a lower risk of infection and cause less physical trauma and bleeding. Additionally, most patients have a quicker recovery time after minimally invasive surgery.

If you need surgery, call the team at Philip L. Leggett, MD, or schedule a consultation online today to talk about your minimally invasive surgical options.

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