Brookings Health System

Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic procedures are minimally invasive and are performed through small incisions (no more than half an inch) in the abdomen or pelvis. Surgeons use an instrument called a laparoscope, a long, slender tube with a high-intensity light and high-resolution camera, which they insert through the incision.

As the laparoscope moves along, the camera sends images to a video monitor. This allows the surgeon to see inside the body in real-time, without open surgery.

Many laparoscopic procedures are performed as same-day surgery. Advantages of laparoscopic surgery versus open surgery include:

  • Reduced pain due to smaller incisions
  • Shorter recovery period
  • Quicker healing
  • Smaller scars
  • Reduced risk of infection