Many of us have heard of laparoscopic surgery, but do we know what it really is? If you don’t we are going to explain what it is in further detail, keep reading to find out more.
What is Laparoscopic Surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery is also known as minimally invasive surgery, this is because the tools to perform the surgery allow the surgeon to make the smallest incisions possible to perform the surgery. In laparoscopic surgery the surgical procedure is done with the help of a small camera and several small instruments. When this surgery is performed, the surgeon makes a few small incisions, up to half an inch, and inserts plastic tubing that are called ports in the incisions. The camera and instruments go through the ports inside the body, and this allows the surgeon to perform what would have been an invasive surgery, as a minimally invasive surgery.
The video camera produces images on a screen that the surgeon uses to perform the surgery. The camera and screen are the eyes of the surgery and without these tools this type of surgery would not happen. There are many benefits to using laparoscopic surgery over traditional methods and the most common one, is with small incisions it takes much less time to heal, and much less pain to the patient.
Here are more benefits that laparoscopic surgery has:
- Shorter hospital stays
- Earlier return to full function of the body
- Smaller scars
- Less internal scaring when compared to that of a typical surgery procedure
Laparoscopic surgery is the best option you can choose if it is offered with your particular surgery procedure. Not all surgery procedures are able to use this type of surgery because some are more complicated than others. However, doctors have a growing list of surgery procedures that can be performed in this way and with technology developing everyday this list will only grow in size in the future.