General Surgical Conditions

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy/ gallbladder removal

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure for removal of the gallbladder. Several small incisions are made, instead of a long incision for open surgery. This results in smaller scars, less pain and a faster recovery.
Sometimes, a laparoscopic approach might not be feasible because  of major scarring from previous surgery, a very diseased or inflamed gallbladder, or bleeding disorders.

Open and laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair

Inguinal hernia repair is surgery to repair a hernia in your groin. A hernia is tissue that bulges out of a weak spot in the abdominal wall. Your intestine may bulge out through this weakened area.
During surgery to repair the hernia, the bulging tissue is pushed back in. Your abdominal wall is strengthened and supported with sutures (stitches), and sometimes mesh. This repair can be done through open or laparoscopic surgery. You and your surgeon can discuss which type of surgery is right for you.

Open and laparoscopic ventral hernia repair

A ventral (abdominal) hernia refers to any protrusion of intestine or other abdominal tissue through a weakness or gap in the abdominal wall. Examples of ventral hernias are umbilical and incisional hernias.
The goal of ventral hernia surgery is to repair the hole/defect in the abdominal wall so that the intestine and other abdominal tissue cannot bulge through the wall again. This can be performed through open surgery or laparoscopically.
Advantages of laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgery include a lower risk of infection, less pain and a faster recovery.

Laparoscopic and open appendicectomy

Appendicectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the appendix from the abdomen, usually when appendix becomes inflamed (appendicitis) or ruptured (perforated appendix). 
It can be performed either through a small incision on the abdomen or laparoscopically (key hole surgery). Laparoscopic surgery may result in faster healing, less pain and a shorter hospital stay.

Other general surgical conditions