IntroductionThe Clinic of Digestive Surgery at Brussels' St. Pierre University Hospital is recognized as one of the most advanced medical institutions in the world for laparoscopic surgery.
Our surgeons are acknowledged as pioneers in this highly successful technique, and our staff is among the best trained and most experienced in caring for laparoscopic GI patients. Our surgeons are asked on a regular basis to come and carry out advanced laparoscopic procedures all over the world, including at the most famous university hospitals in the United States and elsewhere.
Since the first treatment of this type was conducted by our chief surgeon in 1991, our team has performed more than 10.000 successful procedures.
As a result of the Clinic’s leadership in this area, more than 2500 surgeons and medical professionals from around the world have come to Brussels to learn or to refine surgical techniques. The first laparoscopic bariatric operation was performed here. The first ever robotic operation was carried out by our team as early as 1997.
What is laparoscopic surgery?Laparoscopic surgery is a new, minimally invasive type of operation that allows for a marked improvement in patients' recovery rates and significantly reduces the occurrence of complications, the level of discomfort suffered and the amount of post-operative scarring.
In a typical laparoscopic GI procedure, miniature surgical tools are introduced into the patient's abdomen via small incisions. The micro-tools are manipulated by the surgeon, who can see inside the patient via a small video camera (laparoscope) and a series of monitors. Due to the fact that no large, traumatic incision is necessary, post-operative recovery is smoother than after a traditional operation, the patient's hospital stay is shorter and incapacitation is minimized. is shorter and incapacitation is minimized.