Overview

Mount Sinai surgeons include the most respected and innovative laparoscopic surgeons, and they perform more laparoscopic procedures than at any other hospital in New York.

Mount Sinai surgeons have introduced many now-common laparoscopic procedures. For example, a Mount Sinai surgeon performed the first laparoscopic cholecystectomy in New York in 1990. Other procedures pioneered at Mount Sinai include pancreatic resection and donor nephrectomy, intestinal resection for Crohn’s disease, paraesophageal hiatal hernia repair, and Heller myotomy for achalasia.

What is laparoscopy?

Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive approach to abdominal surgery. These procedures use special video cameras and instruments that are inserted in the body through tiny openings. The devices allow surgeons to see inside the body and perform operations while viewing the camera image on a video monitor.

Compared with traditional surgical methods, laparoscopic procedures cause less tissue damage and scarring. Patients have fewer complications and shorter recovery times.