Minimally Invasive Surgical Technique: Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is an advanced surgical technique that allows a surgeon to operate through several tiny incisions (sometimes as small as a few millimeters). The surgeon visualizes the inside of the body using a tiny camera that is placed in the body through a thin, flexible tube called a laparoscope.

Images from the camera are projected onto screens in the operating room. Using specialized instruments that have been inserted through other tiny incisions, the surgeon completes the procedure without opening the body using a traditional large incision. 

Benefits of Laparoscopic Surgery

Because the body is not opened with a traditional approach, patients benefit from:

  • fewer complications
  • less blood loss
  • shorter hospital stays
  • less pain
  • a faster return to normal activities

Not all patients or procedures are appropriate for minimally invasive surgical techniques. Talk to your physician to learn more.