Alfred B Johnson MD Gastro Surgeon
PATIENT SERVICES at Alfred B Johnson MD Gastro Surgeon
Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery in Merced, CA
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Unfortunately, patients delay getting surgery because they know it’ll interfere with their lives. However, today’s advancements in surgical techniques have led to patients recovering sooner and experiencing less pain during their recovery. Dr. Alfred M. Johnson, serving Merced, CA and the nearby region, uses advanced laparoscopic surgical procedures to help his patients with various issues affecting the digestive tract including hernias.
About Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
Advanced laparoscopic surgery is also referred to as minimally invasive surgery. Rather than making one large incision, our surgeon makes several small cuts. Using small tubes and an endoscope, our surgical team performs the entire procedure through the small incisions. We can perform hernia repair surgery this way as well as polyp or lesion removal. We may remove blockage using this method, too. Additionally, our surgeon may use this type of surgery for other reasons like as treatment for Crohn’s disease.
What to Expect During a Laparoscopic Surgery
You may require certain blood work before getting a laparoscopic procedure. You’ll be given instructions on what you need to do to prepare for your procedure. This may include fasting and refraining from taking certain medications.
On the day of your surgery, we’ll either give you a spinal or general anesthetic. The general anesthetic keeps you asleep during the procedure while the spinal anesthetic is an injection given in your back that numbs you from the bottom of your ribs down. Next, our surgeon makes four to six small incisions throughout your abdominal region. The exact size and location depend on your particular procedure, which we’ll discuss with you before the surgery. We use the incisions to insert small tools and an endoscope. An endoscope is a tool that consists of a camera to give our surgeon a view of the inside of your body.
After your procedure, our surgeon closes the incisions. We’ll provide you with instructions on how to take care of yourself after your surgery. For instance, if you have a drain, we’ll teach you how to clean it. You’ll need to return to our office for a follow-up appointment to ensure you’re healing properly.
Benefits of Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
When comparing surgery options, we feel like advanced laparoscopic procedures have a great deal to offer patients. For one, there’s much less scarring with a majority of procedures since incisions are smaller. Additionally, your recovery time is less when we perform surgery in this manner. You may even go back home sooner in a majority of cases than if you would have undergone a standard surgical procedure.
You heal quicker, and you’re able to resume your usual activities sooner. Typically, you also have less pain with this type of surgery. This is because there’s less trauma to your body when we make several smaller incisions rather than one large one. Moreover, you have less inflammation.
With traditional surgeries of the intestines, you had to spend a week or even longer in the hospital. Once you went back home, you could expect your recovery to take at least four weeks. Some patients required up to eight weeks to heal. With laparoscopic procedures, you typically only need to spend two nights in the hospital at max. The recovery time for laparoscopic surgeries is usually only two to three weeks. Ultimately, when you’re spending less time in the hospital, your expenses for the procedure are usually less as well.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Johnson, serving Merced, CA and the general vicinity, by calling (209) 263-4517.