WHAT IS ENDOSCOPIC SURGERY?
Endoscopic surgery or better known as “endoluminal surgery or incisionless surgery” is the most advanced techniques used in surgery today. Most traditional ways of operating require the surgeon to cut holes in the patient in order to get access to the parts of the anatomy that need to be changed, repaired or removed. Endoscopic surgery describes the newest type of surgery that uses the bodys natural orifices (eg. the mouth, anus, urethra vagina etc.) to access the parts that need to be operated upon.
In most types of endoscopic surgeries, a long instrument is threaded down the esophagus (food-pipe) into the stomach or small intestine, where it is able to either operate on the stomach or deliver an implant into the intestines.
The risk profile of endoscopic surgery is much lower than that of traditional or laparoscopic surgery. Typically the most common complication is a bit of a sore throat, and patients almost always go home the same day. By eliminating skin incisions, these new procedures may provide important advantages to patients, including a reduced risk of infection and associated complications, much less pain, shorter hospital stays, no visible scars and a faster recovery time.
Who would benefit from Incisionless Surgery?
There are currently two groups of individuals who benefit from endoscopic surgery
1) Patient with GERD (reflux disease)
2) Obesity patients who suffer from persistent weight gain after undergoing gastric bypass surgery.
a. ROSE PROCEDURE