Minimally invasive surgeries have gained popularity in recent times because of the benefits they provide without compromising with the efficiency. Laparoscopic surgery is a kind of minimally invasive surgery that most people aren’t aware of. Let’s take a better look at what laparoscopic surgeries are and how do they benefit the patients.
Laparoscopy simply refers to the surgical procedures that involve inserting a laparoscope (a long, thin tube with a video camera mounted on it) into the body. Though many minimally invasive surgeries use a similar procedure, laparoscopic surgeries are characterized by the use of laparoscopes.
Laparoscopic surgeries involve inserting a laparoscope into the patient’s body through a tiny cut. Usually, multiple such cuts are made into the body, each no bigger than half-an-inch. The camera mounted on the tube gives the surgeons a better view of what’s inside on the computer screen.
The recovery time in the immediate post-operative period is quicker. Patients often go home after only 24 hours. The small incisions tend to be less painful and patients often need less postoperative pain medication as a result. Fewer wound infections occur. The cosmetic results are also appealing as the scar is limited to three or four skin incisions that are less than one-half inch long.
Certain steps must be taken before you undergo a laparoscopic procedure:
A fairly new but revolutionary procedure is the use of robots during laparoscopy. In this type of laparoscopic surgery, the surgical instruments that are usually operated by the surgeons are replaced by robotic arms. The surgeons then operate the robotic arms to perform the surgery.
Many surgeons have found this to be extremely helpful, especially in getting the correct depth perception (which was a problem in usual laparoscopy) by getting three-dimensional images. Many other risks are also eliminated, like giving more working space to the surgeon and being sure of the exact pressure that is being applied.
Laparoscopic surgery is a brilliant evolution in minimally invasive surgeries that get the job done without tearing the patients too much. It greatly reduces the effort on the part of patients, who could recover and return to their normal lives sooner. It also reduces the risks like excess bleeding on the part of surgeons as they have to make smaller incisions. Overall, laparoscopy has been nothing short of a revolutionary surgical procedure.