Laparoscopic vs Open Surgery

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Dann

Milwaukee, WI

#1 May 24, 2011
Trying to decide which way to go. Surgery scheduled for 6/14/2011. The surgeon says he can do it either way but thinks my recovery time will be the same because of my small frame. My primary says push for the laparoscopic and if he can't then open. What do you think?
Gillian

Kingston, UK

#2 May 24, 2011
There are advantages and disadvantages with both. The people on here who have had the lap seem to have shorter hospital stays and the recovery time from the op is much less than having the open surgery. There is also less chance of post operative infection and the scars are smaller.

I had open surgery -the incision is a long one from above your navel to the pubic bone. I got a post-operative infection. However, I had the open surgery because the surgeon wanted to 'make a good job and check everything over before he stitched me back up'(his words). As it turned out, the DD had left so much damage that needed repairing, he would have had to switch to the open to do it, even if I had wanted the lap.

If the op is going to be a straightforward cut, remove and stitch back up, then the lap is probably the best way to go. But if you have complications (adhesions, abcess,fistula etc... then the open is probably best, even though you are down for longer afterwards.
Anonymous

Waltham, MA

#3 May 25, 2011
My Dr. did it lap...but pre-op he left the door open to doing open surgery.

The way he explained it was the first thing they were going to do was go in right under the belly button, fill my body cavity with air, then looked around with the camera. If things looked really bad, then he was going to go open from there.

Ended up doing it lap -- took him longer than anticipated but worked out great.

So, if your surgeon is comfortable with it, I would start with the least evasive and give him the option based on what he sees.

Good luck!
Dan USA

Burlington, WI

#4 Jun 1, 2011
I don't get pain, just this never-ending feeling of gas and constipation, even when I don't eat. I've had polyup removal on several ocassions, to no avail. And my Doc recommended "Metamucil," and "Fiber Con" tablets. My late father suffered the same, and lived with it, doing Port Wine and Ex-Lax, till age 80. Is there any hope for me? I'm pushing 70 years of age, and wonder if life is worth it. Please comment. Thanks

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