How is laparoscopic surgery performed?
Laparoscopic surgery uses a special instrument called the laparoscope. The laparoscope is a long, slender device that is inserted into the affected area through a small incision. It has a camera attached to it that allows the obstetrician–gynecologist (ob-gyn) to view the abdominal and pelvic organs on an electronic screen. If a problem needs to be fixed, other instruments can be used. These instruments usually are inserted through additional small incisions in the affected area. They sometimes can be inserted through the same single incision made for the laparoscope. This type of laparoscopy is called “single port” laparoscopy.
What are the benefits of laparoscopy?
Laparoscopy has many benefits. There is less pain after laparoscopic surgery than after conventional surgery, which involves larger incisions, longer hospital stays, and longer recovery times. Recovery from laparoscopic surgery generally is quicker than recovery from conventional surgery. The smaller incisions that are used allow you to heal quicker and leave smaller scars. The risk of infection also is lesser than with conventional surgery.