Mr Gavin Robertson on the topic of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy and Hernia Repairs
“The treatment of gallstones has been revolutionised with the introduction of keyhole surgery, which permits over 99% of gallstones to be managed with straightforward surgery using four small 1cm cuts. Patients usually stay in hospital less than 24 hours and are back doing most activities comfortably within a week or two. Given the fact that gallstones can cause life-threatening complications including jaundice and pancreatitis and carry a 1-2% chance of causing gallbladder cancer, the surgery in expert hands has become the option of choice for virtually all patients with gallstones."
Laparoscopic Hernia repairs
"Hernias are holes in the otherwise intact muscle layer of the abdominal wall. They tend to develop at sites of weakness and are common in the groins especially in men (who have a one in four risk), around the umbilicus and at the site of previous open surgery. Once they develop, the lining layer of the abdominal cavity prolapses through the hole preventing it healing, abdominal contents then get pushed through the hole, creating a visible lump which comes and goes. If the contents fail to go back emergency surgery is often required, so having hernias repaired as a planned procedure is advisable.
Laparoscopically the repair is performed from inside the abdomen with no large cut through overlying muscles, a mesh is inserted inside the inner layer of the abdominal wall giving a strong comfortable repair."