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Lehigh Regional offers advanced technology for single-site surgery

October 16, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Laparoscopy is one of the first specialties to achieve "invisible scar" surgery.

Increasingly in-demand among cosmetically conscious U.S. patients, laparoscopic single-port procedures are growing in volume, and the laparoscopy device manufacturers are racing to develop the best tools for the job.

Lehigh Regional recently acquired the advanced technology platform that now allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive single-site surgery through the bellybutton.

While traditional laparoscopic surgery offers benefits like less pain, faster recovery time, and improved cosmesis over open surgery, this single-site surgery has the potential to extend these benefits even further.

By combining existing endoscopic and laparoscopic technology with an access system, Lehigh Regional has the technology and devices necessary to perform abdominal surgery through just one incision.

General surgeon Joshua Lee Jr., MD, of the Lehigh Medical Group, has extensive training and experience with single site surgery and is very happy to be performing these procedures at Lehigh Regional.

"Laparoscopic single-port techniques can be used in a variety of procedures, including gall bladder or cholecystectomy, appendectomy, some single port ventral hernia repairs and more,"?Lee said. "During these procedures, the surgeon operates exclusively through a single incision in the patient's navel, leaving just one barely-visible scar."

"Advantages of laparoscopic single-port procedures extend beyond the purely cosmetic,"?Lee said. "Patients benefit from less postoperative pain, reduced blood loss, faster recovery time, and fewer postoperative complications."

Key benefits of single-incision laparoscopic surgery:

- Fewer incisions: Typically, this surgery requires only one small incision.

- Health and cosmetic benefits: Since there are fewer incisions, there is less possibility of infection, less scarring and better cosmetic results.

- Faster recovery times: The surgery is recognized as minimally invasive to cause shorter recovery times.

- The most recent technology: Laparoscopic surgery has generally replaced the need for traditional open surgeries in the abdominal or pelvic cavities.

For more information, contact the office of Joshua Lee Jr. with Lehigh Regional Medical Center at (239) 368-0241 or visit the Web site online at:



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