Providing Arlington, Dallas, and Fort Worth with Additional Minimally Invasive Surgery Options
As part of our commitment to offering genuinely comprehensive care, we perform a full range of endoscopic procedures, including those for purely diagnostic purposes. At our Dallas, Arlington, and Fort Worth-area practice, these minimally invasive surgery techniques offer ways to identify and address numerous conditions without necessitating large incisions.
A diagnostic laparoscopy is a test that involves the use of a minute camera to view the internal structures of the abdomen or pelvic region for the purpose of identifying a medical condition or determining the degree of such a condition. As with all minimally invasive surgery methods, a diagnostic laparoscopy only requires a small incision, which reduces the risks of infection, the discomfort, and the recovery time as compared to traditional surgical techniques. Diagnostic laparoscopy can be used to diagnose such conditions as adhesions, tumors, appendicitis, and damage to internal organs. It can also help to identify the scope of a disease, such as cancer, prior to surgical treatment.
At our Dallas, Arlington, and Fort Worth-area practice, we perform minimally invasive surgery because it results in less trauma to the body than traditional methods cause. One of the common side effects of many types of abdominal surgery is the formation of adhesions, or fibrous bands of scar tissue that can connect organs and tissues that are not meant to be joined. In most people these are painless and only become a problem if another surgical procedure is needed, because they can make surgery more difficult.
In some cases, however, adhesions can bind vital organs together, resulting in severe abdominal pain or even bowel obstruction. In these cases, a procedure known as laparoscopic adhesiolysis can be performed to cut through the adhesions and relieve the tension and restriction. Although there is still a possibility that adhesions will reform, this is less likely with the laparoscopic technique than with open surgery.
Upper and Lower Endoscopy
While laparoscopy is the term for minimally invasive surgery of the abdominal and pelvic area, endoscopy refers to any such technique, regardless of what area of the body is involved. Upper endoscopy is performed to diagnose problems in the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine, while lower endoscopy generally involves the lower intestine, and may also be called a colonoscopy.