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What is laparoscopic surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery is a modern surgical technique that allows the procedure to be performed through a small incision with the aid of a laparoscope. The laparoscope, which normally carries a cold light source, allows the surgeon to clearly see into the surgical field. CO2 is used to inflate the inside of the abdomen to allow the surgeon more working room during the procedure.
What are the risks associated with laparoscopic surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, there are several risks involved. Some of the particular risks with laparoscopic surgery are hypothermia, electrical burns and hemorrhaging. If certain complications arise during surgery, your surgeon may decide to switch to open surgery.
What are the advantages associated with laparoscopic surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery has the potential to minimize post-operative pain and decrease recovery times. This procedure also provides an improved visual field for the surgeon.