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What is a laparoscopy and does it hurt?

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Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 25 years experience
Minimally Invasive: Laparoscopy is the minimally invasive process of using a telescope and camera to look inside of the abdomin. It uses smaller incisions in comparison to laparotomy which uses a large incision to look inside of the abdomen.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is laparoscopy?

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Dr. Wesley Marquart
General Surgery 18 years experience
"Keyhole" surgery: It is surgery done via small incisions and a camera scope. Temporary ports are placed to access the abdominal cavity. Carbon dioxide gas is used to inflate the abdomen to create space. The procedure is performed using long thin instruments inserted through the ports. Sometimes a "hand port" is placed to allow hand access. This maneuver keeps the procedure minimally-invasive.

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Last updated Feb 10, 2015

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