Laparoscopy, also known as keyhole surgery, is a form of minimally invasive surgical procedure that enables a surgeon to access your pelvis or abdomen’s insides without having to cut big incisions in your skin. A doctor uses fine medical instruments that will enter into your pelvis or abdomen for cutting, trimming, grabbing, or getting samples.
Laparoscopic surgery may be performed for a range of procedures, including the following:
• Laparoscopic cholecystectomy or gallbladder removal
• Appendix removal
• Endometriosis patches removal
• Intestines removal
• Female sterilization
• Ectopic pregnancies
The Laparoscopy Procedure
In Utah, doctors perform laparoscopic surgery while you’re under general anesthesia. The doctor will clean your skin thoroughly prior to the procedure. Your surgeon will then make a tiny incision — around 1 to 2 cm in length — close to your belly button.
The surgeon will inject gas in the cut in order to slightly blow out your abdominal wall, making it easier to view your internal organs. The laparoscope will then be inserted through the tiny incision into your abdominal cavity so that your surgeon can view images of your insides via a monitor connected to the miniscule camera built into the laparoscope.
Your surgeon will have to make more tiny incisions to enable the insertion of fine instruments into your abdominal cavity. Your surgeon can view these instruments inside you with the aid of the laparoscope to perform the necessary surgical procedure.
Once done, your surgeon will remove the laparoscope and the instruments. Your incisions will be closed up and dressed with bandages.
Many people in Utah choose laparoscopic surgery because it is minimally invasive, meaning that you’ll experience less side effects and discomfort. You’ll recover more quickly, stay in the hospital for a shorter period, have significantly smaller scars, and return to your daily tasks faster.