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Laparoscopic surgery is a technique that is becoming increasingly popular due to its many benefits, such as reduced pain and scarring, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery times. A laparoscopic operation can be used to treat a wide range of gynecologic conditions, including ovarian cysts of tumors, fibroids, tubal ligation, endometriosis, and other types of cancer.
If you’re in need of surgery, laparoscopic surgery may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Contact our gynecologists at Maiden Lane Medical in Manhattan, NY to learn more about the benefits of this minimally invasive technique. Call us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced surgeons!
What Is a Laparoscopy?
A laparoscopy is a medical procedure that involves the use of a specialized instrument called a laparoscope. This is a long, thin tube with a high-resolution camera and a light source attached to one end.
During a laparoscopy, the laparoscope is inserted into a small incision in the abdomen. The camera allows the surgeon to view the internal organs and tissues on a video monitor. This enables the surgeon to perform a wide range of surgical procedures without the need for large incisions.
What Is Laparoscopic Surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery, also known as minimally invasive surgery, is a surgical technique that involves using small incisions and specialized surgical instruments to perform procedures inside the body, including gynecologic surgery and diagnostic laparoscopy.
During laparoscopic surgery, a surgeon makes a small incision near the affected area and inserts a tube called a trocar. The trocar allows the insertion of a laparoscope, a thin tube with a camera and light attached to it, to provide a magnified view of the surgical area on a monitor.
The surgeon then inserts specialized surgical instruments through additional small incisions to perform the procedure. These surgical instruments are designed to fit through small incisions and include instruments such as graspers, scissors, and cautery devices.
Laparoscopic surgery is a versatile and widely used surgical technique that can be performed by many different types of doctors and surgeons, depending on their area of expertise and the specific needs of the patient.
General surgeons, gynecologists, urologists, and colon and rectal surgeons commonly use laparoscopic surgery to perform procedures such as appendectomies, hernia repairs, hysterectomies, gallbladder removals, and colorectal surgeries.
How Is Laparoscopic Surgery Performed?
During laparoscopic surgery, the patient is first placed under general anesthesia to ensure that they are comfortable and do not experience any pain during the procedure. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, the surgeon makes several small incisions in the abdomen, typically ranging from 0.5 to 1.5 centimeters in size.
Next, the surgeon pumps carbon dioxide gas into the abdominal cavity to create more space and improve visibility. This gas is completely safe and will be absorbed by the body once the surgery is complete. The laparoscope, a small camera attached to a long, thin tube, is then inserted through one of the incisions. The camera sends images to a monitor in the operating room, which allows the surgeon to see inside the abdominal cavity.
Using specialized instruments, the surgeon then performs the necessary surgical procedures through the other small incisions. The instruments are designed to be flexible and can be manipulated by the surgeon to perform precise movements. The surgeon can use these instruments to remove diseased tissue, repair damage, or perform other necessary procedures.
What Are the Benefits of Laparoscopic Surgery?
The benefits of laparoscopic surgery procedures include the following:
- Reduced pain: Laparoscopic surgery is less invasive than traditional open surgery, which can result in less pain and discomfort for the patient.
- Faster recovery: Laparoscopic surgery usually involves a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery time than open surgery, allowing patients to return to their normal activities sooner.
- Smaller incisions: Laparoscopic surgery uses small incisions, which reduces scarring and the risk of infection.
- Reduced blood loss: Laparoscopic surgery is associated with less blood loss than open surgery, reducing the need for blood transfusions.
- Improved visualization: Laparoscopic surgery provides the surgeon with a magnified view of the surgical site, allowing for greater precision and accuracy.
- Lower risk of complications: Laparoscopic surgery has been shown to have a lower risk of complications, such as wound infections, than traditional open surgery.
Overall, laparoscopic surgery has been associated with improved patient outcomes, including reduced pain, faster recovery times, and fewer complications. However, not all patients are suitable candidates for laparoscopic surgery, and the benefits and risks of the procedure should be discussed with a qualified healthcare professional.
How should I prepare for laparoscopy?
Your doctor gives you personalized instructions to prepare for laparoscopy. In general, you will have anesthesia during your operation. As a result, you need to fast for at least eight hours before your procedure and arrange for a friend or family member to drive or escort you to and from your appointment.
On the day of your surgery, wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. Remove any nail polish and leave your jewelry at home. Opt for comfortable shoes without a heel, as anesthesia can cause you to be uncoordinated or clumsy while the effects wear off.
Make sure your doctor knows about any medications, vitamins, or supplements you take regularly. Some substances increase your risk of bleeding, and you might need to stop taking them for a few days before your operation. Talk to your doctor for specific advice and information.
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Which Procedures Can Be Performed Laparoscopically?
In gynecologic surgery, laparoscopy (also known as “keyhole surgery”) is commonly used for procedures such as hysterectomy, myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids), endometriosis resection, and ovarian cyst removal.
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If you’re looking for a safer and less invasive option for gynecological surgery, laparoscopic surgery may be the solution for you. Our top gynecologists at Maiden Lane Medical in New York City provide patients with advanced laparoscopic surgery services done in a hospital or an ambulatory surgery center. Call us today to schedule a consultation!
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