Laparoscopic surgery also referred to as minimally invasive surgery, is performed with the assistance of a tiny video camera and special, ultra-thin instruments. Several small incisions are made in the abdomen through which a tube with a camera attached is inserted. The camera transmits the image from inside the patient, onto a monitor for the surgeon to view. Laparoscopic surgery can offer numerous advantages over traditional surgery. This include:
Ventura Advanced Surgical Associates in Ventura has its state-of-the-art surgical center, conveniently housed in the same 6,500-square foot facility where pre-operation examinations and rehabilitation services are performed. At this on-site surgical center, Dr. Billy performs an extensive number of laparoscopic surgeries. Among the most common are:
Dr. Billy has extensive experience in performing surgery assisted by da Vinci robotic technology. This leading-edge technology utilizes the assistance of a computer-controlled robot to help perform certain laparoscopic abdomen procedures with greater precision and in an even less invasive manner. Dr. Billy works a few feet away from the operating table at a computer console that displays a high-resolution, 3-D image of the operating field. He maneuvers two master controls (similar to joysticks) that navigate two mechanical arms on a robot. These mechanical arms are equipped with specialized instruments that reach inside the patient’s stomach, via the tiny incisions, where they can carry out sophisticated, hand-like movements.