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Laparoscopic Surgery

What is Laparoscopic Surgery?

To understand this, we just need to know what what’s a laparoscopy. Laparoscopy is the process of performing some sort of surgery to examine the interior of the abdomen. Thus, laparoscopic surgery basically means minimally invasive surgery. This means that the techniques used in this surgery require relatively smaller incisions in the body as opposed to traditional open surgeries. Most of the incisions in this kind of surgery are of the length of 0.5-1cm in size. These incisions individually are called ports.

Laparoscopic surgeries in Huntington are quite common and happen very often.

What is a laparoscopic procedure?

Many special instruments are used in this procedure including cameras called laparoscope passed through tubes called trochars. For ease and attention to the viewing of anatomical features, prior to the surgery, the stomach or other organ is filled with CO2. This allows the surgeon to get a very intricate view of the organ whilst performing the surgery.

There are also times when the process differs a bit, as the doctor needs to make an incision large enough to insert a hand. These specific cases of laparoscopic surgery are called “hand assisted” laparoscopy. Even though these are relatively large incisions, they are much smaller than operations involved in traditional surgeries. Laparoscopic surgeries in Huntingtonhappen regularly and the general steps are as follows.

  1. General anesthesia is given to a patient, so as to not allow him or her to feel any pain.
  2. A required number of incisions are created in the abdomen.
  3. A tube is inserted and the abdomen is filled with Carbon Dioxide.
  4. This, as already mentioned helps the surgeon get a clearer view.
  5. The laparoscope is then inserted, as the photos and images of the interior of the needed organ is seen on a screen.
  6. Further instruments that will be performing the surgery are then inserted through the organ and the surgeon helps perform the surgery according to the needs.
  7. After the operation is over, the gas is removed and stitches are used to close the incision.

In today’s day and age, laparoscopic surgery is quite a boon as it does not require large openings in the body, thus reducing the wounds and mishaps in operations as well as lowering the recovery time of operation. However, it is important to get a doctor’s advice on the procedure so that it is performed with caution like other surgeries of this kind.

Carolyn Bilyeu

The author Carolyn Bilyeu