Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic Surgery in Kansas City
 

Our laparoscopic surgery procedures include hernia repair, gallbladder removal,  lap hernia repair surgery, lap colon cancer surgery, melanoma, lap adrenalectomy, inguinal hernia, umbilical hernia, verntal hernia and other laparoscopic surgery.

Scheduling your Laparoscopic Surgery

All surgery will be scheduled through the office. You may schedule your surgery with our office nurse, Jill. If changes in the surgery date are required, we ask one-week notice if at all possible. The operating time is frequently booked for days to weeks in advance and short notice cancellations result in unused operating time.

Medications

All of your routine medications, including all over the counter medications and vitamins should be reviewed with your doctor. He will instruct you on what medications you are to take before surgery. Do not take any vitamin E, aspirin or aspirin containing products for ten (10) days prior to your surgery date. Also avoid any-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. (This includes Bufferin Alka-Seltzzer, Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, Excedrin, Aleve, Ibuprofen, etc.) If you are unsure of what is contained in an over the counter medication ask your pharmacist. These medicines inhibit the blood clotting mechanism and may predispose you to bleeding during surgery and the post-op period. Tylenol is allowed if needed. Post operatively, you may resume all medications as previously indicated by the prescribing physician.

Change in Health

If there is a change in your health (cold, flu, ear infection or injury) in the two weeks prior to surgery, please call our office as it may affect your surgery date. This is especially important if you find that you have a fever greater than 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pre-Operative Diet

You may eat your usual diet up to the night prior to surgery (unless you have been instructed otherwise). No food or liquid should be taken orally after midnight prior to surgery.

Insurance Pre-Authorization

The office Nurse will contact your insurance company for a pre-authorization of your surgery. We would encourage you to contact your insurance company to determine the status of your deductible and the percentage of responsibility on your part. Also, it is your responsibility to make sure the hospital takes your insurance. We only call for Pre-Authorization.

Billing

All bills for surgery will be sent to your insurance company. However, the bill is ultimately the patient's responsibility. All questions regarding billing should be addressed to our billing office 913-381-5200

Day of Surgery

You should come to the Hospital or surgery center and check in with admission as directed by the hospital. You will need to arrange for transportation to and from the hospital. You will not be allowed to drive during the immediate post-operative period. It is also recommended that you shower and shampoo your hair the night before surgery and the morning of surgery. If you are having a hernia repair or a colon surgery, we recommend you purchase Hibiclens Soap.

Welcome to the Metropolitan Surgical Associates. We offer laparoscopic surgery operations in Overland Park, Kansas.  Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique that fixes tears in the abdominal wall or muscle. Larry Drahota, MD is an experienced physician in this technique, bringing over 25 years of surgical experience to his patient’s healthcare needs.  Our laparoscopic surgery procedures include hernia repair, gallbladder removal, lap hernia repair surgery, lap colon cancer surgery, melanoma, lap adrenalectomy, inguinal hernia, umbilical hernia, verntal hernia and other laparoscopic surgery.

Laparoscopic hernia repair is similar to other laparoscopic procedures. General anesthesia is given, and a small incision is made in or just below the navel. The abdomen is inflated with air so that the surgeon can see the abdominal organs.A thin, lighted scope called a laparoscope is inserted through the incision. The instruments to repair the hernia are inserted through other small incisions in the lower abdomen. Mesh is then placed over the defect to reinforce the abdominal wall.

What is Laparoscopic Hernia Repair?

Laparoscopic hernia repair is similar to other laparoscopic procedures. General anesthesia is given, and a small incision is made in or just below the navel. The abdomen is inflated with air so that the surgeon can see the abdominal organs.A thin, lighted scope called a laparoscope is inserted through the incision. The instruments to repair the hernia are inserted through other small incisions in the lower abdomen. Mesh is then placed over the defect to reinforce the abdominal wall.

The incision is then stapeled and secured into place with tiny smooth titanium circular fasteners.  Generally, almost all people can go home the same day.  Most patients can resume non-strenuous physical activity within 3-5 days and return to work within a week.  By the end of two weeks, you should be able to resume activities like walking, biking, and golfing as before the surgery.

There are many things to consider when deciding if you should have inguinal hernia repair surgery, such as whether your hernia is incarcerated or strangulated and whether you have other conditions that need to be addressed before hernia repair surgery is deemed appropriate.

 

We follow the Golden Rule: Treat others the way your would like to be treated. 

Monday -  Thursday     8:30 am 4:30 pm
Friday Saturday and Sunday      closed

 

Dr Lawrence Drahota MD FACS

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