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Laparoscopic Surgery is Minimally Invasive

Surgery was revolutionized in the 1980s by laparoscopy. The laparoscope changed the nature of many surgeries by shortening them, leaving less scarring and allowing patients to go home sooner.

During a laparoscopic procedure, a slender illuminating laparoscope equipped with a tiny video camera is inserted through a small incision, giving the surgeon a view of the inner body through the scope and on a video monitor. Miniaturized surgical instruments are then passed through other small incisions and manipulated. The patient often goes home the same day with the incisions covered by small bandages.

Many surgical procedures can be performed with the aid of the laparoscope. In addition to imaging parts of the body for examination, tissue can be vaporized, cut, cauterized, or removed for biopsy. Common laparoscopic procedures include gallbladder removal, appendectomies, and hernia repairs. A laparoscopic procedure known as a Nissen fundoplication is used to treat chronic heartburn. Orthopedic procedures are often done with an arthroscope.

Procedures that once involved an extended inpatient stay can be performed on an outpatient basis, with the patient ready to go home just hours later.