Traditional Open Surgery
What is Open Surgery?
Traditional open surgery is performed
through a large incision, allowing the surgeon to directly
access the abdominal organs. This is the method that
has been used for hundreds of years. The advantage of
open surgery is that it allows the surgeon's hands to
enter the abdomen. Thus, the surgeon can easily access
the abdominal organs and examine them by touch. There
are still some surgeons who only use open surgical techniques.
The obvious downside of open surgery
is that it requires a large incision. This is more painful
and requires more recovery time than the laparoscopic
Q. Are there certain
situations where open surgery is preferable
to laparoscopic surgery?
A. The main advantage of open surgery
is that it allows your surgeon to put his or
her hands directly into the abdomen. If your
surgeon expects your operation to be extremely
technically difficult (due to very high BMI
or extensive scarring from prior surgery) then
they may suggest a traditional open approach.
Ultimately, your surgeon will recommend whichever
approach results in the safest outcome.