Laparoscopic Surgery

Derek K. Paul, MD, FACS -  - General Surgeon

Derek K. Paul, MD, FACS

General Surgeon & Laparoscopic Surgeon & Oncological Surgeon located in Vero Beach, FL

Laparoscopic surgery is a safe option for most patients who need abdominal surgery. As an expert in laparoscopic surgery, Derek K. Paul MD, FACS, can perform even the most complex abdominal procedures using this minimally invasive technique. You get the surgical care you need with a lower risk of infection, less pain, and a quicker recovery. If you have questions or you would like to learn if you’re a good candidate for laparoscopic surgery, call the office in Vero Beach, Florida, or book an appointment online.

Laparoscopic Surgery Q & A

What is laparoscopic surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure, which means Dr. Paul performs the surgery using several small incisions. By comparison, conventional open surgery relies on one long incision.

Minimally invasive surgery is possible thanks to specialized instruments that fit through incisions that are typically shorter than one-half inch. Dr. Paul places a narrow metal tube into each incision and then inserts the surgical instruments through the tubes.

The procedure is named after the most important tool, the laparoscope. Laparoscopes contain a video camera and lighting so they can transmit a magnified image from inside your body to a monitor.

Dr. Paul views the video image on the monitor, inserts surgical instruments through the other incisions, and manually controls the instruments from outside your body.

Why is laparoscopic surgery preferred over open surgery?

The long incision made during open surgery causes significant stress and trauma to your body. The incision cuts through your abdominal muscles and retracts the opening so the surgeon can see the site and reach in to perform surgery.

By comparison, the tiny incisions needed for laparoscopic surgery cause little trauma. As a result, you have:

  • Less bleeding during your surgery
  • Lower risk of complications
  • Less postoperative pain
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Minimal scarring
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal activity

Your recovery is quicker because your muscles don’t need to heal from an extensive incision.

What medical conditions does laparoscopic surgery treat?

Dr. Paul can perform many surgeries using laparoscopy. He often uses the technique to treat conditions such as:

  • Colon cancer
  • Hernias
  • Diverticulitis
  • Gallstones
  • Gallbladder removal
  • Bowel obstructions
  • Appendicitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Benign and malignant tumors

Though Dr. Paul can treat many conditions with laparoscopic surgery, it’s not the best choice for all patients. Certain health conditions can prevent you from having laparoscopic surgery. For example, you may need an emergency procedure, have scar tissue that prevents Dr. Paul from inserting the instruments or have inflammation that blocks his view.

If you have an abdominal health condition that may require surgery, call Derek K. Paul MD, FACS, or book an appointment online. He evaluates your surgical needs, explains your options, and determines if you’re a good candidate for laparoscopic surgery.