Laparoscopic surgery, also known as minimally invasive surgery, is a type of surgical technique that is used to perform various types of procedures with smaller incisions compared to traditional open surgery. During laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon uses a laparoscope, which is a thin, flexible tube with a camera and a light attached to the end, to visualize and access the surgical site.
Laparoscopic surgery has several advantages over traditional open surgery, including:
- Smaller incisions, which may result in less scarring, less pain, and shorter recovery times.
- Reduced blood loss and lower risk of complications.
- Better visualization of the surgical site, which allows for more precise surgical maneuvers.
- Faster return to normal activities and shorter hospital stays.
Laparoscopic surgery can be used for a wide range of procedures, including bariatric surgery, hernia repair, gallbladder removal, and gynecological surgery.
While laparoscopic surgery has many benefits, it may not be suitable for all patients or all types of procedures. Patients should discuss the risks and benefits of laparoscopic surgery with their healthcare provider to determine if it is an appropriate option for their individual needs.