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Laparoscopic Surgery Specialist

Henry E Martinez, MD -  - Breast and General Surgeon

Lake Jackson Surgical Clinic

Henry E Martinez, MD

Breast and General Surgeon & Laparoscopic Surgeon located in Lake Jackson, TX

Doctors in the United States perform nearly 5 million laparoscopic surgery procedures per year. This type of small-incision, minimally invasive surgery continues to grow in popularity because it offers faster recovery and less pain. At Lake Jackson Surgical Clinic, highly trained laparoscopic surgeon Henry Martinez, MD, offers reliable general surgery from a true expert. Call the Lake Jackson, Texas, office or use the online scheduling tool today.

Laparoscopic Surgery Q & A

What is laparoscopic surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery, or minimally invasive surgery, is a surgical technique that involves small incisions and a miniature camera. This type of surgery offers an alternative to larger incisions and more invasive procedures. 

Dr. Martinez performs general surgery procedures like intestinal obstruction repairs and gallbladder surgery using laparoscopic techniques. He may also perform some types of hernia repair laparoscopically. 

Laparoscopic techniques can also help with diagnostics. For example, Dr. Martinez might perform laparoscopy to find the cause of an intestinal blockage. 

What can I expect during laparoscopic surgery?

Before your surgery, you receive anesthesia so you won’t be awake or in pain during the procedure. Dr. Martinez makes a few tiny openings (each less than a half-inch) in your abdomen to perform laparoscopic surgery. 

To view the surgical area in great detail, Dr. Martinez inflates your abdomen with carbon dioxide gas. He places a slim tube containing a tiny video camera into one opening. 

Through the other incisions, Dr. Martinez places surgical instruments. He watches the monitor next to the surgery table to see a real-time feed from inside your abdomen as he expertly performs your operation. 

The exact laparoscopic surgery procedure depends on the issue being addressed, but in many cases, it’s an outpatient procedure and you can return home the same day. 

What are the benefits of laparoscopic surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery offers impressive benefits as compared to open surgery, including:

  • Smaller surgical incisions
  • Less bleeding
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Less pain during recovery
  • Faster recovery time 
  • Improved outcomes in high-risk groups like the elderly

Although there are many advantages of laparoscopic surgery, it’s not right for every situation. For example, if you have adhesions (scar tissue buildup) or large masses inside your abdomen, laparoscopic surgery might not work for you. 

If you can’t have laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Martinez is also an expert in open surgery techniques. He can perform your surgery according to your unique needs. 

Dr. Martinez typically attempts the most minimally invasive surgical option first, and he turns to the open surgical approach only if necessary. 

Laparoscopic surgery can give you excellent results with no hospital stay and minimal recovery time. To learn how it can help you, call Lake Jackson Surgical Clinic or book an appointment online.