Laparoscopic surgery, also called minimally invasive surgery, is a modern surgical technique in which operations are performed through incisions smaller than those needed in traditional surgical procedures. The key element in laparoscopic surgery is the use of a laparoscope: a telescopic rod-lens system that is connected to a video camera, images from which are projected to a screen above the patient. Also attached is a fiber-optic cable connected to a light source to illuminate the area being operated on.
Some benefits of laparoscopic surgery include:
- Shorter hospital stays
- Less post-operative pain
- Faster return of bowel function
- Fewer post-operative complications
In 1993, the National Institute of Health declared the laparoscopic cholecystectomy the procedure of choice for gallbladder disease. The development of laparoscopic cholecystectomy was a phenomenon that changed the focus of surgery and the mindset of nearly all surgeons, wherever in the body they perform surgery. Soon, the use of the laparoscopic approach extended to all other abdominal surgeries. Anti-reflux surgery and hernia repairs underwent a major change as laparoscopic approaches began to redefine the typical surgical experience for patients.
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center is the only facility in the area to be designated a Center of Excellence in Women’s Health Surgeries by the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS), the nation’s pre-eminent educator of advanced surgical techniques for women’s health specialists.
Earning this distinction means that Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center has not only met AIMIS’ stringent standards, but has also dedicated itself to advanced education for minimally invasive procedures. Our physicians and surgical services team are raising the standard of health care for women by providing the highest level of treatment through best practice standards and improving patient outcomes with advanced surgical techniques.
Additionally, the only four AIMIS-certified physicians in Volusia and Flagler counties practice at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center. The Volusia OB/GYN physicians include Dr. Meetesh Desai, Dr. Ted Robertson, and Dr. Cecille Tapia-Santiago.
To obtain the certification, outcomes are reviewed from all gynecological surgeries at the hospital, including both open and minimally invasive procedures. A Center of Excellence designation means our hospital has low rates of complications and post-surgery readmission, as well as a high adoption rate for minimally invasive surgery – showing our staff to be on the cutting-edge of women’s services.
Dr. Julie Schneider, with Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center’s HealthCare Partners, is board certified in gynecology and offers minimally invasive surgery, as well as non-surgical treatment options for women’s health conditions. Furthermore, Dr. Schneider recently became one of the first physicians to be board-certified in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery through the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
To schedule a consultation on minimally invasive surgery, please call Dr. Schneider’s office at (386) 231-6172 or the Volusia OB/GYN office at (386) 252-5858.