laparoscopic surgery

What is Laparoscopic Surgery?

A laparoscopic surgery is a technique used by surgeons using small incisions in the body. The incisions are between 0.5 and 1.5 cm, and are made in the abdomen. The surgeon will insert narrow instruments into the incisions. The laparoscope has a camera and a light at the front, so the surgeon can see images of the inside of your abdomen on a screen. The other instruments used are a modified versions of classic instruments ( scissors, forceps, …).

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Why is Laparoscopic Surgery used?

This procedure is often called “minimally invasive” surgery, or “keyhole surgery”. In general it is less traumatic than an open surgery.
Because it’s less invasive, you will also recover faster, heal with less pain and have less scarring than with open surgery. Another benefit is that you will only need to stay in the hospital for a short period, on an outpatient basis. In essence, that’s all because the incision is so much smaller than the usual open incision.
Sometimes it even means there is no visible incision at all, depending on the technique your surgeon uses during the procedure.

Benefits of Laparoscopic Surgery

Let’s say you have equally skilled surgeons, and both procedures are available. In that case, the minimally invasive one almost always means:
– less risk of infections
– faster recovery
– same level of successful outcome
In some cases, the procedure may start as minimally invasive, but later the surgeon may decide to change the procedure into an open surgery, if some difficulties such as abnormal anatomy or inflammation are met which could create serious complications.

Alternatives to Laparoscopic Surgery

The alternative to Laparoscopic Surgery is the traditional type of procedure; an incision is made, so the surgeon can insert the instruments and follow the surgery through the (larger) incision.
Some surgeries are still performed using the traditional open incision, but many more are being done using minimally invasive techniques.

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McCourt Street Medical Centre
1st Floor, Suite 10, 2 McCourt Street
West Leederville WA 6007

We also operate from
Northam Hospital Health Service
Outpatients Clinic, Robinson Street
Northam WA 6401

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There are many online resources. We have collected some useful links for you.

General Surgery on Wikipedia
Open surgery and surgery on Wikipedia
Laparoscopic surgery on Wikipedia