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Latest Advances in Minimally Invasive Gallbladder Surgery Just Got Smaller!

Latest Advances in Minimally Invasive Gallbladder SurgeryDr. Christopher Daggett with Advanced Surgical Associates is among the first physicians in the Kansas City area to provide micro-laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy).

Recent advances in minimally invasive surgery aimed at diminishing incision size have led to the development of micro-laparoscopic surgical instruments. The increased level of complexity using such instruments requires a higher level of surgical skill compared to traditional laparoscopy.

Having performed General Surgery in Eastern Jackson County and the Kansas City Metro for more than 30 years, Dr. Daggett describes this procedure as a significant improvement for laparoscopic surgery. A new smaller micro-laparoscopic instrument is benefiting cholecystectomy patients and demonstrating great success. It requires a 50% smaller incision at the surgical opening versus traditional laparoscopic cholecystectomy or robotic surgeries.

CareFusion, a leading global medical technology company, recently launched its new micro-laparoscopic line, with surgical instruments as small as 2.7 mm in diameter, half that of the standard 5 mm or 10 mm. Hand instrumentation is made of a proprietary ceramic titanium alloy material to provide strength comparable to standard 5 mm laparoscopic instruments.

About the Gallbladder
The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ beneath the liver. It collects and concentrates a digestive liquid called bile that is produced by the liver. Bile is released from the gallbladder into the small intestine after eating, aiding in digestion.

Gallbladder problems are typically caused by the formation of gallstones, which are small hard masses made up of cholesterol and bile salts that form in the gallbladder or in the bile duct. These may show up in X-rays and other imaging tests. It’s uncertain why some people form gallstones and there is no known means of prevention. These stones tend to block the flow of  bile out of the gallbladder causing swelling, sharp abdominal pain, vomiting, indigestion and occasionally, fever.

In the United States, there are 20-25 million newly diagnosed gallstone patients each year. However,  most people with gallstones don’t know they have them. It is quite common to have stones in the gallbladder that cause no symptoms. When they do affect your health, surgery to remove the gallbladder is usually recommended.

Less Scarring and Discomfort
Dr. Daggett is trained in the newest techniques to treat gallbladder issues and relieve your pain. If you are a candidate for micro-laparoscopic surgery, smaller incisions provide the benefit of less patient discomfort and less scarring as they eliminate the need to close the incision site with sutures in some procedures. Better cosmetic results are achieved through incisions that do not require stitches, as scars are virtually invisible. In addition, candidates appropriate for this approach tend to have shorter hospital stays with less post-operative discomfort.

Micro-laparoscopy may not be appropriate for some patients who have had previous upper abdominal surgery causing dense scar tissue, or who have some pre-existing medical conditions such as obesity. A thorough medical evaluation by your personal physician, in consultation with a surgeon trained in micro-laparoscopy, can determine if this method of gallbladder removal is an appropriate procedure for you.

Up-to-Date Technology
Using the most up-to-date technology, your treatment will be safe, convenient and tailored to your specific needs. Rest assured, Dr. Daggett will have you back to your normal activities as quickly as possible. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, please call Advanced Surgical Associates at 816-246-0800 or visit online at www.asakc.com.

Christopher Daggett, D.O.
Dr. Daggett is a board certified general surgeon who was born and raised in Kansas City. He completed his residency at Lakeside Hospital in 1983 and immediately went into a solo general surgery practice in the Kansas City area. Dr. Daggett is Program Director of the General Surgery Residency program at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB).

Advanced Surgical Associates (ASA) is a leader in providing minimally invasive general surgery for residents in Eastern Jackson County and the Kansas City Metro. The laparoscopic techniques of Christopher Daggett, D.O., Adam Kramer, D.O. and Christie M. Brock, D.O. benefit patients by allowing for shorter recovery times and minimal scarring.

Advanced Surgical Associates (ASA)
3460 NE Ralph Powell Road
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
816-246-0800 . www.asakc.com

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