Why Laparoscopic?

Laparoscopy – How it is done.

A video camera with fibre optic cables is inserted into the abdominal cavity via a canula (or port). It is usually inserted at the umbillcus (belly button), but can be placed elsewhere, depending on the procedure.

The abdomen is usually insufflated (inflated) to create a working and viewing space. The surgeon, through additional side ports can then use thin specialised surgical insruments and safely perform the operation.

Keyhole (Laparoscopic) Surgery Advantages

  • Reduced surgical trauma and therefore stress for the patient
  • Less pain and minor physical scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery
  • Ability to return to work in a shorter period of time
  • Reduced risk of short and long term complications

Keyhole (Laparoscopic) Procedures

There are a number of surgical procedures that Prof Chris Berney performs via keyhole including:

  • Repair of all types of hernias: abdominal, inguinal, incisional, hiatus
  • Repair of uncommon hernias: parastomal, Spigelian, diaphragmatic
  • Weight loss surgery (laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding)
  • Removal of the gall bladder (laparoscopic cholecystectomy)
  • Exploration of the bile duct
  • Removal of the appendix (laparoscopic appendicectomy or appendectomy)
  • Removal of the colon or large bowel (laparoscopic colectomy)
  • Removal of the rectum (laparoscopic anterior resection)
  • Removal of the small bowel
  • Removal of the stomach (laparoscopic partial gastrectomy)
  • Bypass of the stomach
  • Removal of the spleen (laparoscopic splenectomy)
  • Division of adhesions
  • Removal of the adrenal (laparoscopic adrenalectomy)
  • Removal of the ovary (laparoscopic oophorectomy)