Specialist Surgeons is a specialist surgical practice providing general surgery with specialisations in colorectal, hepatobiliary, pancreatic surgery; cholecystectomy and the procedural management of inflammatory bowel disease, diverticular disease, rectal prolapse, faecal incontinence and hernia.
Our surgeons provide prompt response to the procedural management of bowel cancer, rectal cancer and liver transplant. Current, minimally-invasive or laparoscopic procedures are applied to shorten in patient and recovery times.
Laparoscopic surgery is surgery performed on the abdomen or pelvis through several small incisions 0.5-1cm in size. A camera attached to a long thin telescope (laparoscope) is used to allow the surgeon to visualise the inside of the abdominal cavity. Then utilising small instruments placed through the other incisions the surgeon can complete the operation.
It is often referred to as Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) where the operation is performed with the least amount of surgical stress. In abdominal surgery, MIS may refer to an operation being performed laparoscopically or robotically. Robotic surgery is a newer technique very similar to standard laparoscopic surgery but involving the surgeon manipulating a robot to move the surgical instruments.
Robotic surgery in Australia involves using the DaVinci robotic system. It is similar to laparoscopic surgery except that the surgeon does most of the operation controlling the surgical instruments via a surgical console. It is another example of Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS).
MIS has several proven advantages over open surgery including:
- Reduced postoperative pain
- Shorter hospital stay
- Improved cosmesis
- Faster return of bowel function