SMH Introduces Low-impact Laparoscopy

SMH Introduces Low-impact Laparoscopy

Minimally invasive approach helps reduce pain, speed recovery after gynecologic surgeries

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SARASOTA (July 18, 2017) – Sarasota Memorial Hospital is among the first hospitals in the nation to offer women a low-impact, laparoscopic approach for many common gynecological procedures—one that reduces pain and gets women back to normal activities faster after surgery.

Gynecological surgeons Michael Swor, MD, and Kelly-Anne Shedd-Hartman, DO, began offering low-impact laparoscopy at Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Cape Outpatient Surgery Center in March 2016. To date, they have performed the low-impact procedure on more than 100 gynecology patients with excellent results.

The new tools and techniques enable surgery to be performed using gentle, low pressure through ultra-small openings, resulting in reduced post-operative pain and recovery time.

“We’ve always been involved in the leading edge of minimally invasive GYN surgery,” Dr. Swor said. “With the low-impact approach, we are able to minimize surgical pain and speed recovery with smaller, more refined instrumentation and advanced CO2 laparoscopy technology.”

In general, patients undergoing Low-impact Laparoscopy report:
• Reduced incidence of shoulder pain (common post-operative pain from the gas used to inflate the abdomen in traditional laparoscopy) and reduced incisional pain.
• Reduced rate and need for analgesic drugs, such as narcotics, to manage pain after surgery.
• Reduced length of hospital or surgery center stays (typically just a few hours)
• Reduced scar size and better cosmetic results (instruments are four times smaller than standard)

Low-impact Laparoscopy is achieved through (1) the reduction of pressure from gas used to inflate the abdomen and (2) the reduction in the size of instruments used in surgery. The first is made possible with advanced insufflation systems, which surgeons are using to significantly reduce the pressure from gas needed to inflate the abdomen during surgery. Lower pressure has been shown to reduce strain on the lungs and cardiovascular system. It also puts less pressure on the diaphragm, which has been linked to shoulder pain after surgery. The second is made possible with new micro-laparoscopic instruments, which allow procedures to be performed through ultra-small openings that are up to four times smaller than standard laparoscopic surgery. Smaller openings mean less cutting, less likelihood of creating permanent scars, and less pain-causing tissue disruption. 

About Sarasota Memorial: 
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 900,000 patient visits each year. Sarasota Memorial’s flagship 829-bed, acute-care hospital has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s largest, and best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services — from urgent care, trauma and emergency services to laboratory and diagnostic imaging, home health, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation. Sarasota Memorial is the only hospital in Florida with the highest five-star ranking from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid for quality and safety.