Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery
What Does Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery Mean?
Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery requires the use of a thin tube which is known as a laparoscope that is inserted through a tiny incision to perform various types of operations. In the past, it would have been necessary to make a much larger incision before performing surgery, but with the advent of laparoscopic surgery, smaller incisions can be used to reduce recovery time. Laparoscopic surgery is used today to perform a number of different types of surgery, and because it’s far less invasive than traditional surgery, it’s much more beneficial to the patient.
Why is Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery Performed?
There are a number of advantages to using laparoscopic surgery, and taken altogether, these advantages make it the preferred surgical approach for many procedures. As mentioned above, the benefits include a smaller incision, a shorter recovery period, and less pain, which means fewer medications are needed by the patient. There is also less bleeding with this type of surgery, which means blood transfusions are not generally necessary. There is also a much lower risk of infection as compared to traditional surgery, and because it always involves a shorter hospitalization stay. Finally, the cost of performing laparoscopic surgery is less than traditional surgery.
How Does Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery Work?
In laparoscopic surgery, a surgeon would make several small incisions into which a camera and surgical tools would be inserted.
What is the Recovery Time for Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery?
In some cases, after undergoing minimally invasive surgery, a patient might be able to go home in as few as several hours, but it may also be necessary to stay an entire day or longer. The overall recovery time necessary for minimally invasive surgery is at least half the time necessary for traditional surgery, and sometimes significantly less. Many patients who go home on the same day as the surgery are back at work in two weeks, which is a significant improvement over traditional surgery recovery.