Lovelace Women’s Hospital Now Offering Micro-Laparoscopy

Lovelace Women’s Hospital is the only hospital in New Mexico offering a new micro-laparoscopy technique for gallbladder removal, hysterectomy, tubal ligation and endometriosis cell removal. This new technique is a virtually scarless laparoscopic procedure using micro instruments.

In micro-laparoscopy the instruments are 2.3mm in diameter, which benefits the patient with minimal scaring and potentially shorter recovery times. Traditional laparoscopic incisions have ranged from 5.6 to 13.2 mm in diameter. The goal was to enhance laparoscopic surgery by decreasing patient trauma, while increasing physician efficiency during surgery.

“Patients who undergo micro-laparoscopy have smaller incisions, which result in less scarring and lower infection rates,” said Dr. Cruz. “Additionally, because of the improved physician efficiencies during the surgery, there is less patient trauma due to smaller incision size, which potentially results in shorter recovery times and less post operative pain.” 

Dr. Cruz has performed more than 500 micro-laparoscopy procedures in his career and joined Lovelace Medical Group in late 2013 to bring this new cutting edge technology to our state.

Lovelace Women’s Hospital is a leader in minimally invasive surgical procedures including advanced laparoscopy, robotics and now micro-laparoscopy.

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