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General surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on abdominal organs, e.g., intestines including esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts, and the thyroid gland. General surgery also deals with diseases involving the skin, breast, soft tissue, and hernias.
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General surgery especially focuses on a range of abdominal organs including stomach, esophagus, small bowel, bile ducts, gall bladder as well as thyroid gland. Beams Hospital is a well-known keyhole surgery hospital with its branches in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Amritsar. Alternately known as the minimal access surgery, a keyhole surgery involves the use of minimum access techniques to carry out surgeries. Here cameras and small instruments are inserted through very small incisions.
- What is the procedure?
The keyhole or the minimum access surgery can be completed in a few simple steps, as described below:
- The surgeons make a few small incisions in your body
- The laparoscope (the camera-a refined surgical tool) is inserted through one of the incisions
- The surgeon now gets a video graphic image of the organ to be removed or operated upon
- The organ is inflated with the help of carbon dioxide, so as to provide a better room for conducting the operation
- Other surgical tools are inserted through the incisions made
- The surgeon operates and removes the infected organ from your body
There are several benefits of the laparoscopic surgery when compared to the conventional open surgeries. These benefits include:
- Faster recovery
- Quicker return to normal activities
- Better cosmetic healing
- Little or no scars
- Shorter hospital stay
- Minimum post operative infection
- Quicker and precise diagnosis
- Appropriate For
The laparoscopic surgeries are appropriate for people, who are physically fit to endure the effects of general anesthesia and the normal post operative stress.
- Before surgery
Prior to the surgery our surgeons will conduct several medical tests like chest X-ray, blood tests among others, to ascertain that you are fit to undergo this operation. You may be asked to cease the consumption of regular medications. In certain cases you need to stop smoking and exercise properly a few days before the surgery. Please consult your surgeon regarding the dietary regulations that you need to follow.
The keyhole surgery has a faster recovery period than that of the open surgeries. The patient can be discharged from the hospital on the day of the surgery itself or the next day. However, you should follow the instructions of the surgeons and dieticians, after getting back home as well. Complete recovery generally takes around 4-10 weeks, depending on the kind of operation (i.e. gall bladder, appendicitis, spleen removal and so on) you have undergone.
- After care
You can resume your normal activities like driving, going upstairs or taking a shower within 7 to 10 days.
- Time taken
We will just take around 45 to 60 minutes to complete a surgery.
8. Risk & complications
Cardiac attack, injury to nearby abdominal organs, adverse response to general anesthesia
At Beams hospital, we employ minimum access techniques to carry out major operations like gall bladder removal, colectomy, appendectomy and others. It helps you get rid of potentially life-threatening diseases without having to endure much pain. There are lesser risks of post operative infections.
10. What next
After coming back home, take the medicines, prescribed by our doctors without fail. Do report inconsistencies such as bleeding from the incisions, abnormal swelling of the same, prolonged fever or nausea. Schedule an appointment at least a week or two after the surgery has been conducted.