Dr. Jaume Gelonch Romeu. Director of the Surgery Clinic and Minimally Invasive Surgery specialist.

Minimally invasive surgery, a true revolution available to the patient

As a director of the General Surgery department of the Costa Brava Hospital, doctor Gelonch coordinates a team of 9 specialists with plenty of experience. Yearly they receive around 7,000 patients and perform about 2,000 surgical procedures.

How has surgery evolved during the last few years?

Surgery has experienced a true revolution in the last few years, and in the hospital we stood (since its inception in 1988) for adding the most advanced techniques to each surgical process. One example is the inguinal hernia, the mesh repair method started being common in our hospital more than 20 years ago. We also pioneered in applying the HCAVI and the microfoam sclerosis for varicose veins and venous insufficiency.

In the Surgery Department we have lots of experience in both classic and modern surgical laparoscopic techniques which include, besides the renowned cholecystectomy laparoscopic, (with 200 procedures each year) colon procedures. Both benign and malignant pathologies.

This knowledge is one of the distinctive features of the service we deliver in the Surgery clinic.

What does minimally invasive surgery entail?

Minimally invasive surgery or video surgery can be performed thanks to a special camera and surgical equipment to operate through some tiny holes, avoiding the classic incision or big-sized injury to achieve the same results. In the Surgery clinic we use this technique for procedures in the abdomen, thorax or the urogenital system.

What are the benefits of the minimally invasive surgery?

The results of these surgery are impressive: from a shorter hospital stay, minimal injuries post-operation, lower risk of infection to the cosmetic benefit on producing only smaller incisions. This procedure brings joy to the patients, it has really revolutionized our job as surgeons.

Classic surgery requires, usually, a long stay in hospital and several weeks of recovery are needed. With this type of surgery, however, we reduce significantly both the stay and the pain.

Laparoscopy reduces the risk of infection of the wound, the post-operatory pain and any muscular injuries of the abdominal wall.

Why is there a reduced pain post-operation?

Because the incisions are drastically reduced, the pain associated with them decreases equally. It also saves the surgeons precious painkillers. This pain reduction allows the patient to stand up and walking much earlier than the classic (open) surgery. The smaller size of the injuries also lowers the chance of infection and any other complications after the procedure.

We also pioneered the HCAVI and the micro-foam techniques for venous insufficiency and varicose veins procedures.