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Everything You Should Know About Endoscopic Surgery

contributed by Kathy Jordan 

Under close consideration, traditional surgery methods can seem somewhat crude, as professionals are forced to cut a person open to access a problem. For example, if someone is suffering from a heart defect, then the surgeon will need to physically crack open the ribcage, cutting through muscle and bone before they can operate.


The extensive recovery time typically stems from these issues, rather than the surgeon's work itself. Endoscopic surgery attempts to avoid these problems as much as possible, focusing on preserving a high quality of life for the patient involved. Obviously, the specifics of any operations can vary somewhat dramatically. Typically, an endoscope – a long, flexible tube with a light and camera attached, is inserted into the body through a very small incision. The endoscope then transmits images to a screen that the surgeon can watch during the operation.


What is Possible with Endoscopic Surgery?

The very first surgery to kick off the minimally invasive era, was a cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder), in 1987. Now, gallbladder removals and appendectomies are some of the most common endoscopic surgery procedures conducted throughout the world.

However, keyhole approaches to fixing problems with the human body are also being used in a number of other complicated fields, including urology, cardiology, gynecology, gastroenterology, and even neurology.


One of the greatest advantages to take place in neurosurgery over the last decade has been the development and enhancement of endoscopic treatment techniques within the skull base and brain. Talented doctors such as Dr. Hrayr Shahinian can use endoscopic surgery to access the brain through natural pathways in the sinuses and nose. See more about Dr. Hrayr Shahinian's professional talents on YouTube.


What are the Advantages of Using Endoscopic Surgery?

There are plenty of reasons why a person might want to access the most minimally invasive form of surgery available to them today. If you think about the concept of a tiny keyhole surgery in comparison to a huge, potentially scary open surgery, it's easy to see the appeal. Some people simply want to avoid getting a scar somewhere on their body through traditional surgery.


Other people are focused on the concept of being able to return to their daily routine as quickly and easily as possible. In certain cases, patients simply want to avoid the trauma involved with going through traditional surgery – especially if they have suffered through bad experiences in the past.


So much Time & Money Saved

Endoscopic surgery techniques are useful for a variety of reasons. For example, they can help to reduce the patient's chances of suffering from infection, and allow them to access a faster rate of recovery. According to studies and research, patients may only require a single night of stay in a hospital, or none at all, following a gallbladder removal in the endoscopic surgery route.


On the other hand, with traditional surgery, it is more likely that you would be hospitalized for as long as five days. Experts agree that for most operations, minimally invasive techniques are preferred over traditional options.


April 9th, 2015


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