Laparoscopy is a less invasive way of performing surgical procedures than traditional open techniques can provide. Also known as minimally invasive surgery, this technique uses only a few tiny incisions in the body – usually surrounding but not near the surgical site. It is important to note, not all types of surgery can be performed laparoscopically, most general procedures can. In complex surgical cases, sometimes the best option for optimal recovery is a traditional open approach to surgical care.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of laparoscopic surgery compared to open surgery?
In a traditional surgery, the surgeon must make a large incision near the surgical site. This can lead to prominent and unattractive scarring, as well as a long recovery period. With laparoscopic surgery, the procedure requires much smaller incisions – usually about a centimeter in length. Not only do these incisions heal faster and with a lower risk of complications, but they are also less obvious after they have healed. This translates to shorter hospital stays, less post-operative pain, and a faster return to work, school or other activities.
What happens during a laparoscopic surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery is performed with the use of general anesthesia. During the procedure, several tiny openings are made, through with the surgeon places several thin instruments and a lighted camera. With the aid of real-time imaging, the tools are used to repair or remove tissues.
Is laparoscopic surgery safe?
While all surgical procedures have some degree of risk, laparoscopic surgery is considered very safe. In fact, it often lowers the risk of complications following an operation. In a 2009 study of more than 10,000 appendectomy and colectomy patients, those who underwent minimally invasive surgery experienced significantly lower rates of post-surgical infections, as well as much shorter hospital stays.
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