Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgery technique and when compared to traditional open surgery, patients often experience less pain, a shorter recovery, and less scarring with laparoscopic surgery.
Laparoscopic surgery is as safe as traditional open surgery and because the procedure involves smaller wounds, recovery times tend to be shorter with less pain.
Laparoscopic surgery is carried out entirely on the inside of the body. Instead of making a long, open incision, laparoscopic surgery requires one or multiple small incisions (usually a quarter to a half inch in length) through which scopes are inserted. The surgery itself is guided by closeup video imaging which is viewed externally on a monitor.
The advantages of laparoscopic surgery include:
- Less bleeding and typically less need for a blood transfusion.
- Smaller incision and shorter recovery time.
- Less pain and less need for pain medications.
- Reduced risk of contamination compared to open surgery.
- Typically lower cost due to shorter hospitalization.