Laparoscopy ( also known as minimally invasive surgery or videoscopic surgery) has allowed surgeons to perform the same procedures as in traditional open surgery, using small incisions (keyhole surgery) instead of large abdominal incisions. Studies have shown major benefits to the patient in terms of reduced post operative pain, increased post operative comfort, reduced hospital stay, quicker return to normal physical activities and ultimately a quicker return to work. Improved cosmesis and reduced wound complications associated with large scars are also major advantages associated with this technique.
Namir Katkhouda, M.D. as well as having a large private practice heads up the Division of Emergency Non Trauma Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery at USC, composed of 3 surgical units and on call 24 hours a day. Under Dr. Katkhouda's guidance it has established itself as the center of excellence for laparoscopic surgery in Southern California. More than 3,000 procedures from simple gallbladder operations and hernias to the most sophisticated operations such as splenectomies, gastric operations, removal of intra-abdominal cysts and intestinal surgeries are performed annually using predominantly laparoscopic techniques with minimal complications and virtually no mortality.
Dr. Katkhouda is able to offer patients state of the art laparoscopic surgery of gastrointestinal emergencies such as appendicitis, cholecystitis or other complicated abdominal problems using laparoscopic techniques when appropriate.
Doctor is involved with an active and strong research program addressing various issues in the field of laparoscopic surgeries. This continuing research allows improved procedures and technology offered to the patients.
Following are procedures that can be performed by laparoscopic surgery. Benefits includes less pain, shorter hospital time, shorter recovery at home and less scarring:
Gastric Bypass Surgery
Cholecystectomy or Removal of Gallbladder
GERD or Anti Reflux Surgery
Treatment of Liver and Biliary Diseases
Treatment of Hiatal Hernia
Splenectomy and Treatment of the Spleen
Intestinal and Colon Disorders
Small Bowel Obstruction
Removal of Appendix
Removal of Adrenal Gland