Laparoscopic surgery or otherwise known as minimally invasive surgery, band aid surgery or keyhole surgery has become the preferred method for performing many general surgery procedures. Unlike in a traditional surgical setting where one large opening is performed, laparoscopic surgery requires only tiny incisions. Because the incisions are small, patients tend to recover quicker and have less discomfort than with traditional surgery- all with the same benefits. During laparoscopic surgery, surgeons make several small incisions in the skin, just few millimeters, in some cases. A long, thin, flexible tube with a miniature camera attached at the end, called an endoscope, is passed through one of the incisions. Images from the endoscope are projected onto monitors in the operating room so surgeons can get a clear and magnified view of the surgical area to treat. Special instruments are passed through the other openings. These instruments allow the surgeon to perform surgery by exploring, removing or repairing whatever is needed.
At the completion of the surgery, the incisions are sutured closed and easily covered with small band aids.
Primary Benefits of Laparoscopic Surgery
- Smaller surgical scars
- Reduced blood loss during surgery
- Less pain following surgery
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster return to normal activity
- Reduced risk of infection.