Medical and surgical procedures have advanced rapidly over the last few years. Surgical procedures are now minimally invasive and targeted towards minimal incisions, faster and painless healing, which in turn contribute to an earlier discharge from hospital and earlier return to normal activity.
The decision, whether to go for an open or a laparoscopic surgery, is taken by the doctor in conjunction with the patient, after discussing the pros and cons. For example, certain surgeries may not be amenable to laparoscopy.
Laparoscopic surgery for gynaecological conditions are usually performed through a small keyhole incision in the abdominal wall, through which instruments are introduced .The cameras mounted on the scope allows the surgeon a clear view of the abdominal and pelvic contents.
There are several benefits of laparoscopic surgery compared to an open surgery.
Since laparoscopic surgery is performed through tiny incisions, the scars are very small in size and heal much faster.
Less pain after the surgery
Since the number of incisions is lesser and the size of incisions is very small, and they heal faster, pain experienced by the patient is much lesser compared to an open surgery. This also helps in the patient becoming ambulatory earlier on, and subsequently a faster discharge from hospital and earlier return to normal day to day activities.
Less blood loss during operation
Compared to an open surgery, the amount of blood loss during laparoscopic surgery is much lesser.
Shorter stay in hospital
Lets be honest, no one likes to stay in hospital longer than is absolutely necessary. A longer stay in the hospital is associated with an increased risk of infections and also increased expenditure. Duration of hospital stay is much lesser after a laparoscopic surgery compared to an open one.
Faster return to everyday life
Smaller incisions, less blood loss, less pain, faster healing, faster ambulation all of this leads to an earlier discharge from the hospital and an earlier return to normal day to day activities. This is extremely beneficial for the patient psychologically.
No worries of hernia and infections
Open surgeries may lead to the development of hernia due to the bigger size of the incision and the further weakening of the abdominal wall. This risk is much lesser in a laparoscopic surgery.Authored By Dr. Sunil Eshwar Medical disclaimer: For information purposes only