What is a Laparoscopy?
A laparoscopic procedure, also known as laparoscopy, is a surgical procedure that uses small incisions and camera guidance to complete surgical repairs with a less invasive approach. The name laparoscopic comes from the device that is used during the procedure, called a laparoscope.
Why is a Laparoscopy Performed?
When appropriate, a laparoscopic procedure may be recommended so your doctor can make an accurate diagnosis and/or make surgical repairs using a less invasive approach than traditional surgery. A laparoscopic procedure can help diagnose and treat various gynecologic conditions, such as:
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Ovarian cysts
The Laparoscopy Procedure
During a laparoscopic surgical procedure, your doctor will make multiple small incisions in your abdomen area. Your doctor will then introduce a tube into these incisions. A camera and all surgical tools will move through the tubes to perform the surgery. Different types of laparoscopic procedures include:
- Cancer staging
- Total laparoscopic hysterectomy
- Laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy
- Sterilization (tubal ligation)
- Hernia repair
How Long is a Laparoscopy?
Procedure time will vary based on the procedure that is taking place. A laparoscopic hysterectomy or laparoscopic myomectomy can take anywhere from 1-2 hours. A hernia repair procedure can take up to 2 hours. Speak with your doctor to learn more about specific procedure times and what to expect before, during, and after your surgery.
What Are The Advantages Of A Laparoscopy?
Laparoscopic procedures are considered to be cutting-edge technology in comparison with standard open surgery. Laparoscopic surgery may offer benefits, including:
- Minimal external and internal scarring
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less postoperative pain
- Quicker recovery time than traditional surgery
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