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