Laparoscopy

Tinsley Surgical

Ellis A. Tinsley, MD, FACS, FSVS

Vascular Surgeon & General Surgeon located in Wilmington, NC

Minimally invasive techniques like laparoscopy offer many advantages over open surgery, but you need an expert surgeon to ensure the best results. Ellis A. Tinsley, MD, FACS, FSVS, of Tinsley Surgical in Wilmington, North Carolina, is a double board-certified vascular surgeon who specializes in using advanced laparoscopic techniques to carry out a range of surgeries, some on an outpatient basis. To discuss your options when you need an operation, call Tinsley Surgical today, or book an appointment online.

Laparascopy Q & A

What is laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy is a form of abdominal surgery that uses minimally invasive techniques. Rather than making a large incision into your skin and muscles, the team at Tinsley Surgical makes several much smaller incisions and uses a laparoscope to perform your operation.

A laparoscope is a slim tube fitted with a camera and light. It passes through a small incision into the surgery site, sending back images of your insides to a monitor. The Tinsley Surgical team uses the images to guide the laparoscope, make a diagnosis, and correct any problems in one procedure.

What types of surgery can be done laparoscopically?

Some of the most common types of laparoscopy carried out at Tinsley surgical are:

Cholecystectomy

Cholecystectomy is the surgical removal of your gallbladder. Your gallbladder is next to your liver and is a store for a digestive substance called bile. Sometimes it develops problems such as gallstones that cause pain and reduced function. Taking your gallbladder out is an effective and safe way to resolve symptoms of gallbladder disease.

Hernia repair

A hernia is when a part of your body, most often a section of intestine, pushes through a weak spot in the surrounding tissues. Sometimes hernias don’t cause any symptoms, but if they do, they can be painful. The Tinsley Surgical team inserts the laparoscope through your belly button and inflates your abdomen. Using the images relayed by the laparoscope's camera, they fix the weak spot and reinforce it with a special mesh.

Appendectomy

Laparoscopic appendectomy is a less invasive solution to appendicitis. Your appendix is a little pouch on your large intestine. If it gets inflamed or infected, it causes severe abdominal pain. If left untreated, the appendix can burst, which is potentially fatal. Removing your appendix is the best way to avoid life-threatening complications.

Lysis of adhesions

Adhesions are pieces of scar tissue growing inside your body. They often result in organs sticking together and can cause organs and tissues to twist or move. Open surgeries and conditions like endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) are the most common causes of adhesions. Using laparoscopic surgery, the Tinsley Surgical team can remove adhesions, reducing your pain and discomfort.

What are the advantages of using laparoscopy?

Using laparoscopy has several significant advantages over open surgery, including:

  • Less pain
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Smaller scars
  • Faster healing
  • Less downtime
  • Less internal scarring

In many cases, you can have laparoscopic surgery as an outpatient, going home the same day as your procedure.

To find out more about the advanced laparoscopic techniques offered at Tinsley Surgical, call today, or book an appointment using the online tool.