Laparoscopic & Thoracoscopic Surgery
Laparoscopic surgery uses small incisions to operate inside the abdomen through ports or canulas (narrow tube-like devices). The laparoscope is connected to a tiny video camera and inserted through a canula into the abdomen. Special surgical instrument are then inserted into the abdomen through additional canulas and the surgical procedure is performed. Laparoscopy requires smaller incisions and has been shown to cause less bleeding when compared to traditional laparotomy or open abdominal procedures. Thoracoscopic surgery or Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive approach used to perform diagnostic or therapeutic procedures inside the chest (thorax). Similar to the techniques used in laparoscopy, VATS requires smaller incisions (2 to 4cm). The use of minimally invasive thoracic surgery in appropriately selected patients results in decreased blood loss, less discomfort, shorter hospital length of stay, and quicker recovery with earlier return to regular activity and work as compared to traditional thoracotomy and open procedures. Dr. Skylizard is highly trained and experienced in performing laparoscopic and thoracoscopic (VATS) procedures.
The da Vinci robotic surgical system enables Dr. Skylizard to perform complex thoracic surgery using the most advanced minimally invasive approach. Dr. Skylizard is highly trained and experienced in performing robotic surgery including robotic assisted lobectomy – a minimally invasive surgery that uses small incisions, to remove part of the lung. He received extensive training in robotic assisted procedures during residency and subsequent advanced fellowship in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Loki Skylizard MD FCCP was the first physician to complete a 12-month fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Advanced Robotic Thoracic Surgery at the University of Alabama.