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Is laparoscopy possible if you previously had an open surgery?

10 doctors weighed in
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Laparoscopy can be attempted even if you have had an open surgery in the past.
The key is being able to access your abdomen safely and proceeding with the surgery safely.

In brief: Yes

Laparoscopy can be attempted even if you have had an open surgery in the past.
The key is being able to access your abdomen safely and proceeding with the surgery safely.
Dr. Wesley Marquart
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Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, but be careful

Laparoscopy is possible after a previous open procedure.
Usually it depends if the incision is a transverse low incision where the likelihood of scar tissue with bowel lurking underneath the navel incision would be possible is small. A up-and-down incision that is very close to the umbilicus is more dangerous. Many surgeons will proceed with what they call an open laparoscopy where the first trocar is placed under direct visualization and not blindly.

In brief: Yes, but be careful

Laparoscopy is possible after a previous open procedure.
Usually it depends if the incision is a transverse low incision where the likelihood of scar tissue with bowel lurking underneath the navel incision would be possible is small. A up-and-down incision that is very close to the umbilicus is more dangerous. Many surgeons will proceed with what they call an open laparoscopy where the first trocar is placed under direct visualization and not blindly.
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Dr. Ivan Colon
Urology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

It is possible but will depend on surgeons expertise.
If you had multiple abdominal operations, it may be very difficult.

In brief: Yes

It is possible but will depend on surgeons expertise.
If you had multiple abdominal operations, it may be very difficult.
Dr. Ivan Colon
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Dr. Jesse Mills
Urology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Most skilled laparoscopic/robotic surgeons will operate on people with previous abdominal surgery.
There is a higher chance that the surgeon will have to convert to an open procedure if he/she encounters significant scar tissue.

In brief: Yes

Most skilled laparoscopic/robotic surgeons will operate on people with previous abdominal surgery.
There is a higher chance that the surgeon will have to convert to an open procedure if he/she encounters significant scar tissue.
Dr. Jesse Mills
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In brief: Yes

It depends on how many open surgeries/types have been performed.
The amount of internal scar tissue increases with the number of open surgical procedures. If your surgeon anticipates too much scar tissue, then an open procedure may be the best option.

In brief: Yes

It depends on how many open surgeries/types have been performed.
The amount of internal scar tissue increases with the number of open surgical procedures. If your surgeon anticipates too much scar tissue, then an open procedure may be the best option.
Dr. Wesley Marquart
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