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Laparoscopic Surgery

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    Dr. Patching completed his General Surgery residency in 1985, at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. In the early 1990s a few centers around the world started to pioneer a new technology, advanced laparoscopic surgery, making it possible to complete major surgery through tiny ¼” incisions with small diameter scopes and instruments. This revolutionary advance greatly reduced pain, length of hospitalization, and led to rapid return to work and normal physical activity. It also reduces surgical complications.

    Being intrigued by this advancement, Dr. Patching completed one of the first advanced laparoscopic Fellowships in the world, with Dr. Bernard Dallemagne, in Liege, Belgium, 1993. When he returned to Sacramento, he started one of the first advanced laparoscopic centers on the west coast. He performed one of the first operations in the world that removed a stomach tumor using a strictly laparoscopic technique and presented this technique to The International Congress, Advanced Techniques in Surgery, in Luxembourg, June of 1995.

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    Dr. Patching’s center, NORCAL Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, was able to offer patients the ability to have most complex abdominal operations performed with this minimally invasive approach. He specializes in complex advanced laparoscopic operations, and can perform almost any operation a patient requires in the abdomen using 1/4-1/2” incisions.

    Advancing minimally invasive operations further, he started the general surgery robotic program at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and was the first surgeon in California to complete a robotic operation using the Intuitive Surgical Xi robot in 2014.

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Why is Laparoscopic Surgery Important to you?

Substantial decrease in pain

Less time in the hospital

Rapid recovery

Less analgesia needed

Minimal scarring

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