Is Laparoscopic Surgery a Good Fit for me?

Is Laparoscopic Surgery a Good Fit for me?

Being the first and only ambulatory surgery center in town, many patients ask us about the minimally invasive procedures performed at Baja Surgery Center.

Laparoscopic surgery, also known as minimally invasive surgery, is a technique for performing several types of surgery and treat a wide range of medical conditions.

Smaller incisions, shorter recovery, and lower costs are few of the advantages of having a laparoscopic procedure. As this technique has been rising in recent years, many people ask if this minimally invasive surgery is suitable for them.

By reading the following information, we hope that it will prove a useful explanation and answer any questions about this minimally invasive procedure.

How to know if Laparoscopic Surgery is the right choice?

Surgery involves the use of a thin, tubular device called a laparoscope that has a tiny video camera and light on the end. This is inserted into the body to view the internal organs and structure.

The laparoscope is inserted through a small incision (.12 inches to over 0.4 inches) into the abdomen or pelvis, instead of a long incision used in traditional surgeries.

To perform the procedure, small instruments are placed through other small incisions.

Minimally invasive surgery is an option for almost everyone. Although the following factors could determine if laparoscopic surgery is a good fit:

-Prior Surgical history

-Medical History

-Special conditions of each individual

Preparing for Laparoscopic Surgery

During the first consultation with the doctor, patients should tell the surgeon about any medications taken at the moment.

The doctor will check the patients’ medical records, may request some blood tests, an electrocardiogram or a CT scan.

This will help the doctor giving a visual guide to the patients’ abdomen and improve the effectiveness of Laparoscopic Surgery.

Procedure with Laparoscopic Surgery

Several incisions are made by the surgeon, at each incision a specialized instrument is inserted, as well as the laparoscope, which provides a video image to view on a monitor.

At the beginning of the procedure, the abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide (CO2) to provide a viewing space and more room to operate for the surgeon.

The doctor initially inspects the abdomen to determine whether surgery may be safely performed.

After the procedure is done the instruments are removed, the incisions closed with stitches or surgical tape.

Advantages of having Laparoscopic Surgery:

• Shorter recovery time, as there is no long incision made the recovery time is briefer.

• Reduced risk of contamination

• Less discomfort and pain

• A shorter recovery generally costs less

• Patients can return to their daily activities in a shorter time

Laparoscopic surgery usually is performed with general anesthesia. Minimally invasive surgery can take longer to perform than traditional procedure, for that reason it is a critical requirement for a doctor to make a complete evaluation before programing the surgery.

The minimally invasive procedure offers potential benefits in the early post-surgery recovery period.

After Laparoscopic Surgery

After the procedure, the incisions are closed. The patient will be moved to the recovery room.

As is usually an outpatient surgery, patients can normally go home the same day. This is one of the main advantages of having a minimally invasive procedure, the type that is performed at ambulatory surgery centers.

Ambulatory Surgery Centers are health care facilities that offer patients the convenience of having a procedure performed safely outside the hospital setting. Having procedures at this surgery centers have become popular as they are a cost-effective alternative to patients.

Often many think that being treated in a hospital is the only way to ensuring safety surgery. Surgery centers are also head to many of the same regulations as hospital-based facilities.

Although it is important to do good research before choosing an ambulatory surgery center to make sure the facility counts with accreditations and work under regulations.

Questions to Ask Before a Minimally invasive Procedure

  1. How will the procedure be performed?

    1. Ask about the risks, benefits, and possible complications.

    2. What are the anesthesia options?

    3. What to expect before the operation?

    4. What to expect during recovery?

    5. Ask about his/her experience with this particular surgery

    6. Is the surgical facility accredited and properly staffed?

Recovering from Laparoscopic Surgery

In an outpatient setting, patients need to stay in the recovery room after the procedure until the anesthesia has worn off and the patient can walk. Usually, patients can go home the same day after laparoscopic surgery.

In the days following the minimally invasive procedure, is normal for patients to feel moderate pain and some discomfort around the incisions made.

It’s also common to experience some pain in the shoulder or back, this as a result of the gas used during the procedure. It usually goes away within a few hours or days.

Returning to light activity as soon as possible, wearing loose-fitting clothes, and getting adequate rest are key factors to ensure a smooth recovery.

When to contact the doctor:

• Fever

• Severe pain

• Swelling or redness from the incision

• Bleeding

• Failure at emptying the bladder

In the past, this technique was commonly used for gall bladder or gynecology procedures. Today, the surgeon may use a traditional or minimally invasive technique to treat different conditions including:

-General Surgery

• Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (gall bladder Procedure)

• Laparoscopic inguinal hernioplasty

-Otolaryngology

• Endoscopic Septumplasty (deviated septum)

• Endoscopic Turbinoplasty (turbinate reductions)

• Ethmoidal Sinuses Procedure

• Polypectomy Endoscopic (removing nasal polyps)

• Endoscopic Dacryocystorhinostomy (Lacrimal duct surgery)

• Endoscopic Ligation of the Sphenopalatine artery

-Urology

• Urethroscopy (a procedure to examine and treat urethral duct)

• Ureteroscopy (a procedure to examine the ureters and evaluates problems in the urinary tract)

• Cystoscopy (Procedure to examine and treat problems inside the bladder)

• Small lumps resection in the bladder (2 cm or less)

All of the above procedures are performed at Baja Surgery Center by a qualified general surgeon that, in addition to the years of studying general surgery, specializes in laparoscopic bariatric surgery.

Baja Surgery Center is the only surgery center located in Los Algodones the northernmost town in Mexico. As it is situated near the borders of both southeastern California and southwestern Arizona it makes it a very attractive destination for American tourists seeking medical care.

At our Center, we offer preventive surgical care focusing on minimally invasive procedures as surgical, and diagnostic. As well as non-surgical procedures in a safe environment.

Many foreigners cross the border every day to Mexico to receive high-quality medical care and save money.

By traveling to Mexico it is possible to receive quality procedures that are usually expensive in other countries.

Being treated at our Center means being at a facility that offers a broad range of surgical procedures. Our experienced doctors have years of studies and experience to provide the best care for each individual patient.

Besides all the Laparoscopic procedures mentioned before, our surgery centers also specialize in traditional surgical procedures as well as aesthetic medicine.

Aesthetic Medicine focus on specialties that improve cosmetic appearance through the treatment of conditions in the skin including scars, skin discoloration, wrinkles, to name a few.

At Baja Surgery Center our priority is to provide the patients with excellent cost-efficient care in a safe environment. Just like in hospital operating rooms, the doctors and nurses follow very specific regulations to safely perform procedures that lead to satisfactory results.

Many have doubts about the quality they would receive in Mexico, we assure you that when it comes to patients' safety there is no better place like our facility for a minimally invasive procedure.

Even if it is an outpatient surgery, completed on the same day, we still recommend to those who visit us from far to stay and rest at a nearby hotel.

Some accommodation options near Baja Surgery Center: Cielito Lindo Hotel and Hacienda Los Algodones.

Cielito Lindo Hotel is all about tradition and luxury style, where patients find the perfect place to rest during their medical trip. Located just a few steps from our surgery center, the hotels offer excellent services and accommodations for their optimal recovery.

Hotel Hacienda Los Algodones is conveniently located just four blocks from the border crossing.

Pet-friendly hotel, free coffee every morning, comfort, and quiet environment are some of the things many find while they stay at the hotel. The friendly staff and Mexican decoration made it a highly popular tourist destination.

Both of the hotels are committed to providing the best medical experience for medical tourists.

We are all about making everything easier for our patients and their convenience, that’s why we accept different payment methods such as credit or debit card, cash, and checks. It is also important for you to know that all transactions are in U.S. currency.

We also invite you to learn more about us, the different procedures, and to get to know our doctors by visiting our web site.

Check out what our patient Cynthia Kerr said about her experience at Baja Surgery Center:

“The quality of the care was exceptional! Doctors, nurses, and Patricia, the receptionist were excellent.

She continued...

The facility was very professional and clean. A great first impression. Patricia, the receptionist, did an excellent job booking the hotel and the drive. She also helped me get my medication at the pharmacy. She does a great job coordinating the process.”

Call usand request more information. We have a whole team of patients’ coordinators that will provide you with all the information needed, great advice as well as recommendations, they are ready to assist you.

Each year, thousands of people experience the advantages of Medical Tourism and are impressed by the hospitality of the city, the board-certified doctors, and the great results that allow them to improve their overall health.

Hopefully, the information presented gave you a better idea about the potential benefits that offer minimally invasive surgery. Less post-surgery discomfort and less visible scarring are probably the best about laparoscopic surgery and worth giving it a try!

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