Laparoscopy, or minimally invasive surgery, is the practice of performing surgery using scopes and surgical instruments through small (1/4 to 1/2 inch) incisions, compared with open incisions which are often 10cm or larger. Robotic surgery is an extension of laparoscopy where a robot stabilizes and moves the instruments as the surgeon controls it.
Quicker recovery times, magnified visualization by the surgeon using scopes and video, less pain medication, and smaller incisions and scars are just some of the many advantages of laparoscopic surgery.
At Emory, laparoscopic/robotic surgery for cancer, kidney stones, infections, and reconstruction have been performed routinely for the many years. Laparoscopic kidney removal, adrenal gland removal, and kidney drainage tube (ureter) reconstruction have largely replaced their open surgical counterparts. Emory boasts several fellowship-trained specialists in this area, as well as a training program to educate community and resident physicians on laparoscopy.
Please see the headings below to learn more about each of the minimally invasive procedures offered at Emory. Not all patients are candidates for laparoscopic surgery.