Some doctors aren't as good with laparoscopic procedures as others which is probably the case with your surgeon. Some surgeons don't do any laparoscopic procedures at all, some do only a limited amount, and others do almost all.
The area I live in, you can get some things done laparoscopic - like a cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal). I've had two hernias repaired (one inguinal/one femoral) and both were open. Now if I would have gone to the Bay Area, they would have been done laparoscopically. If fact, that's the main reason I went to the Bay Area for my colectomy was so that it would be done laparoscopically. If I would have had it done in my area, it would have been open surgery.
Breast Cancer at 36. Diagnosed in 2000. Bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.
Sub-Total colectomy in September 2007 for colonic inertia.
Son diagnosed with Crohn's and UC at 17 (now 21). Taking Asacol and 6MP with Prednisone and Rowasa added during flareups.
Husband HLA B27 postive with ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis.