Minimally invasive procedures
Since the advent of minimally invasive access techniques in surgery with the first laparoscopic cholecystectomy performed in 1989, we have experienced rapid growth in terms of both the technical and surgical standards.
Since it was recognised that keyhole surgery not only offers patients cosmetic advantages but also that post-operative recovery time, in particular, is considerably shortened, the range of application has been expanded and enhanced in virtually all operational fields.
Devices that first made laparoscopy possible have been continuously improved. Digital video technology and voice-operated surgical robots turn the surgical procedure into precision work. Telecommunication not only makes the intra-operative online consultation of experts possible, it also makes the procedure itself viable.
Although minimally invasive operations are in principle carried out in the “open”, similar to conventional operations, the surgical technique is far more atraumatic (sparing) and there is less bleeding thanks to the magnified image quality and better visualisation of the procedure. This is not least reflected in the lower use of blood stocks, the considerably reduced postoperative recovery time and the shorter hospital stay.
In addition to the minimally invasive removal of both the gallbladder (LCHE) and appendix (LAE), the restoration of inguinal hernias, oesophageal, gastric and intestinal surgical procedures are routinely performed laparoscopically and are already considered to be gold standard.
Digital recording of the operation (on DVD) is used for quality assurance and can be explained and given to the patient at their request.