Laparoscopy

Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation

Surgical Oncologists & Robotic Surgery Specialists located in West Hills, CA & Thousand Oaks, CA

Laparoscopic surgery is a surgical approach that offers numerous benefits compared to traditional, open surgery. Dr. Frank Candela and Dr. David Schreier of Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation in West Hills and Thousand Oaks, California, utilize laparoscopic surgery for many different procedures. Both surgeons are highly skilled in this surgical approach and have used laparoscopic surgery for excellent treatment outcomes in patients living in Agoura Hills, West Hills, Calabasas, and surrounding San Fernando Valley and Simi Valley area. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling the office or using the simple online scheduling tool.

Laparoscopy Q & A

What is laparoscopic surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery is a procedure in which tissue is augmented or removed through several very small incisions, as opposed to one or more large incisions that allow access to the surgical site.  A laparoscope is a thin, flexible tool equipped with a tiny light and camera at the end. Specially-designed slim surgical tools can be inserted through the laparoscope.

Dr. Candela and Dr. Schreier are able to complete surgical procedures without having to place their hands inside any incision. The laparoscope transmits real-time, high-definition, 3D images to a screen. That provides a far better view of the surgical site than is available during open surgical procedures.

Why is laparoscopic surgery a preferred method?

Not all surgical procedures are well suited for laparoscopy. However, when this approach can be used, there are numerous reasons why surgeons prefer laparoscopic procedures. Some of the advantages include:

  • Less noticeable scars
  • Ability to resume normal activities sooner
  • Less pain during healing
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Less internal scarring

Prior to the development of laparoscopic surgery, many common surgical procedures required a lengthy hospital stay and came with serious risk of complications. Laparoscopic procedures lower those risks and allow you to shorten your hospital stay.

Robotic-assisted surgery is one example of a laparoscopic procedure and incorporates a robotic arm to complete surgical maneuvers while your surgeon controls the process.

What surgeries can be completed with laparoscopic surgery?

Many types of surgeries can be done using a laparoscopic surgical approach. At Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation, laparoscopic procedures are used to:

  • Remove a portion of your colon or rectum affected by diverticulosis
  • Clear intestinal blockages
  • Perform biopsies
  • Remove your appendix or gallbladder
  • Repair certain types of hernias
  • Evaluate and remove tumors and other abnormal growths

Dr. Schreier and Dr. Candela will discuss all available treatment options with you to help you make an informed decision about your care. If laparoscopic surgery is an option, you’ll understand the pros and cons before you move forward with your customized treatment plan.

If you’re curious about what laparoscopic surgery can do for you, schedule a consultation at Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation today, either online or by phone.