How much do you know about Laparoscopic Surgery?

Read this if you want to ease your mind before Laparoscopic Surgery.


How much do you know about Laparoscopic Surgery?    Read this if you want to ease your mind before Laparoscopic Surgery.

How much do you know about Laparoscopic Surgery?

Read this if you want to ease your mind before Laparoscopic Surgery.

The word “surgery” may induce fear and anxiety in most people. But what you probably don’t know is that surgeries can be quick, simple and minimally invasive. For some minor procedures, a technique called laparoscopy can be used to lessen the risks and reduce the recovery time of some surgical interventions.

 What is Laparoscopy?

 Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure which is done through a small incision. This procedure can be used as a diagnostic tool or to perform operations and corrections.

During the procedure, one small incision is made in your abdomen to allow the insertion of air. Once your belly has been distended, the doctor will insert the laparoscope, which is a thin tube with a camera on its tip. The doctor will then observe the surrounding organs and perform any required procedures. At this stage, other small incisions might be necessary. The small incisions are then closed with stitches, and you will be sent to observation.


What is Laparoscopy used for?

 Laparoscopy is used to identify abnormalities in the abdomen when the results of other non-invasive procedures like X-rays can't identify the problem. It is also used in small surgeries when large incisions aren't necessary.

Laparoscopy is more frequently used in gynecological procedures and digestive surgeries. Your doctor might indicate laparoscopy to perform gallbladder surgery because it is an easy and safe way to remove gallstones.  It can also be used for hysterectomies, which is the removal of the uterus and sometimes ovaries, tubal ligation, treatment of endometriosis and removal of ovarian cysts. 


Why Laparoscopy?

One of the advantages of laparoscopy is that the smaller incisions decrease the chances of complications such as infections, bleeding, and scarring in comparison to open surgeries. Since it is less invasive, it also allows for shorter recovery time.


Is Laparoscopy painful?

You would be under sedation for the procedure, so there should be no pain at all. Although highly unlikely, the most common risks of these procedures could include bleeding and infection, which are common risks to any surgical procedure. These risks are more pronounced in people who use blood thinners and some types of anti-inflammatories. That is why you should tell your physician about all your current medical history.


How is the recovery process?

After the procedure is done, you will be observed for a few hours and your vital signs will be monitored to assure everything is ok. The time you remain on observation will depend on what type of procedure you went through and also on your overall health evaluation.

The recovery is usually quick and uneventful. You shouldn’t lift heavy weights for a few weeks, but apart from that, you will be able to return to your normal activities within a few days.

You might feel pain on the incision sites, but your doctor can prescribe anti-inflammatories and pain medication to relieve your discomfort. You may also experience some bloating, but there is no need to worry because that is common and entirely normal.

 The key points to remember are that you should be able to communicate with your doctor and let him/her know about your medical history. You should provide a list of your current medications and be open about your doubts and concerns. After the procedure, you can get in touch with our team of health professionals in case you have any abnormal symptoms. 

At Beverly Surgery Center we have a team that you can trust. You can contact us here
if you have any further enquiries.