Benefits of Laparoscopic Surgery

There are advantages of laparoscopic surgery compared to traditional ones.

Minimal Blood Loss

There will be less bleeding during the operation as a smaller wound means lesser bleeding. This will greatly reduce the need for blood transfusion during or after the operation.

Lower Risk of Infection

It greatly reduces the risk of exposure of internal organs to the external contaminants compared to open surgery. This reduces the risk of infection after the operation.

Reduced Use of Painkillers

The small incisions made during the laparoscopic surgery will reduce post-operative pain.

As a result, it will reduce the usage of painkillers during the recovery period. Thus, reducing the unwanted side effects of medications. Apart from that, the surgical scar is smaller too.

Faster Recovery Rate

A smaller incision leads to a faster healing process. The length of hospital stay is significantly shorter. In traditional surgery, the recovery time takes 4 to 8 weeks.

In contrast, the recovery time for laparoscopic surgery is 2 to 3 weeks. This allows you to get back to your routine quickly.

How is Laparoscopic Surgery Performed?

In the beginning, the patient will be put under general anaesthesia, which means the patient will be sedated and remain pain-free throughout the whole procedure.

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The patient’s abdomen will then be inflated with carbon dioxide. This provides space for the surgeon to examine and operate in the abdominal cavity. A few small incisions at the abdominal wall. The laparoscopes will be inserted via these small openings.

The number of incisions depends on the type of surgery and the number of instruments. The instruments are removed and the incisions are stitched after the surgery.

What is Diagnostic Laparoscopy?

Diagnostic laparoscopy is used to identify a disease through a laparoscope. Surgeons use a laparoscope to examine the abdominal cavity to locate the source of pain or disease.

It is used when other imaging methods such as ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or X-ray are unable to give a definite answer.

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Laparoscopy comes in handy in such situations whereby surgeons can view real-time images. This allows them to identify abnormalities or tumours inside the abdominal cavity.

Tissue samples can be taken during the laparoscopy too. These samples are sent to the laboratory for further testing. This is crucial in identifying diseases and planning the subsequent treatment.

The laparoscope can be used to examine internal organs such as the gall bladder, liver, pancreas, spleen, small and large intestine, uterus and ovaries.

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Laparoscopic Surgery is a Safe Operation

With the advancement of technology, the medical field has marched into a new era whereby previously difficult procedures are now done easier. It offers a better safety profile with the use of high-tech instruments.

Laparoscopy itself is a revolutionary advancement in the field of surgery. It has been favoured over open surgery in many conditions and is widely used.

It is highly valued for its minimally invasive nature which has shortened hospital stay and recovery time. It even offers better surgical outcomes too. Laparoscopy is excellent for diagnosing accurately in many situations despite being minimally invasive.

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