Laparoscopy is a type of surgery that uses smaller cuts than the operation procedures. The process itself is from the laparoscope, a slender tool that has a tiny video camera and light on the end. When a surgeon inserts it through a small cut and into your body, they can look at a video monitor and see what’s happening inside you. Without those tools, they’d have to make a much larger opening. Have you ever heard of “minimally invasive” surgery? Laparoscopic surgery is one kind. The specialists use it for gallbladder surgery and gynecology operations. Later it is being used for the intestines, liver, and other organs.
Laparoscopy is performed when these tests don’t provide enough information or insight for a diagnosis. The procedure may also be used to take a biopsy, or sample of tissue, from a particular organ in the abdomen. By observing these areas with a laparoscope, your doctor can detect:
Laparoscopic surgery is as safe as traditional open surgery. At the beginning of a laparoscopic operation the laparoscope is inserted through a small incision near the belly button (umbilicus). Initially inspects the abdomen to determine whether laparoscopic surgery may be safely performed. If there is a large amount of inflammation or if the surgeon encounters other factors that prevent a clear view of the structures, the surgeon may need to make a larger incision in order to complete the operation safely.