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Why Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery has several advantages over traditional open general surgery procedures. The biggest advantage is that there is less scarring and less bleeding than with traditional general surgery procedures.

With laparoscopic surgery, a general surgeon only needs to make a few small incisions through which to insert the laparoscope (camera) and surgical tools. Traditional surgery requires incisions six to twelve inches long.

Less cutting also means less pain. Many patients report over-the-counter pain medication sufficient following laparoscopic general surgery procedures. Additionally, laparoscopic general surgery procedures cause less bleeding. This results in fewer complications and less downtime for the patient. Patients are usually back to normal activities in approximately half the time they would have been had they had a traditional open surgery.

Candidates for Laparoscopic General Surgery Procedures

Not all patients are candidates for laparoscopic surgery; however, most are. Some severely ill patients or patients who have undergone certain other types of general surgery procedures may not qualify for laparoscopic surgery. Contact Dr. Arif Ahmad for your initial consultation to find out if you may be a candidate for one of these laparoscopic general surgery procedures.

Laparoscopic General Surgery Procedures Risks

Although laparoscopic general surgery procedures carry less risk than open general surgery procedures, all surgery does carry risk. Please check with your general surgeon and primary care physician for an accurate health assessment and to find out the risks of your prescribed general surgery procedure.

Preparing for Surgery

Because all the general surgery procedures described above are performed under general anesthesia, your general surgeon will recommend not eating or drinking anything after midnight. This is because anesthesia can cause some nausea following surgery, which will be lessened with an empty stomach.

Bring loose and comfortable clothing to the hospital. Remove any jewelry before your surgery, preferably before you arrive at the hospital. Most importantly, follow your general surgeon’s instructions for any medication, which may need to be taken prior to the day of the surgery.


Dr. Arif Ahmad is a world-renowned general surgeon with over 30 years of experience performing general surgery procedures. With his compassionate care, he has performed thousands of general surgery procedures . His track record is impeccable, and he is a pioneer in the field of laparoscopic abdominal general surgery procedures.

Laparoscopic surgery offers many advantages over traditional open surgery, but not all patients are candidates. Most procedures are relatively simple, and patients are back to normal activities sooner than with other types of general surgery procedures, with less pain and scarring.

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