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Laparoscopic Procedures

Some of the many laparoscopic procedures performed at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset include:

    Appendectomy - The appendix is removed through a small incision below the navel.
    Hernia repair, including hiatal hernia repair to treat gastroesophageal reflux disorder - A portion of the stomach that has protruded up into the chest is moved back into the abdominal cavity.
    Cholecystecomy - The gall bladder is removed through a small incision below the navel.
    Nephrectomy - All or part of the kidney is removed through a small incision below the navel.
    Splenectomy - The spleen is removed through a small incision below the navel.

Many of the procedures are gynecological, including:
    Uterine fibroid embolization - a procedure performed by an interventional radiologist in which a catheter is inserted into uterine arteries to block the supply of blood to uterine fibroids. This procedure may be an alternative to hysterectomy for some women.
    Hysterectomy - the uterus and cervix, and sometimes also the fallopian tubes and ovaries, are removed through the vagina.
    Myomectomy - Uterine fibroids are detached from the uterine wall and removed through a laparoscopic incision. The uterus is left in place.
    Tubal ligation - This type of permanent sterilization involves using laparoscopic techniques to block both fallopian tubes by tying, sealing, or attaching a ring or clip to them.
    Ovarian surgery - An ovarian cyst and/or one or both ovaries are removed through a laparoscopic incision.
    Treatment to enhance fertility - Laser surgery is used to combat obstructions to fertility such as endometrial tissue and pelvic scarring.
    Treatment for urinary incontinence - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset urologists offer the latest minimally invasive techniques to treat all forms of urinary incontinence, including stress urinary incontinence, urge incontinence and overactive bladder.
    Enterocele repair - Weaknesses in the vaginal tissue, which can cause the intestines and part of the rectum to protrude into the vagina, are repaired using instruments inserted into the laparoscopic incision.
    Vaginal vault suspension - For patients who have had hysterectomies, this procedure is used to pull back and secure parts of the vaginal wall that have prolapsed.
    Uterine suspension - A tipped uterus is righted and secured to its proper place using laparoscopic techniques.
    Laser treatments - A laser, inserted into the laparoscopic incision, uses heat to treat pelvic pain and to remove endometrial tissue in patients with endometriosis.