Laparoscopic Surgery

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Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery - also called minimally invasive surgery (MIS), bandaid surgery, or keyhole surgery - is a modern surgical technique. This is achieved with the assistance of several thin instruments and a video camera. Small incisions in the abdomen or pelvic area are made and plastic tubes - called ports - are placed through these incisions. The camera transmits an image of the organs inside the abdomen or pelvic area onto a television monitor. The video camera becomes the surgeon’s eyes in laparoscopic surgery, because the surgeon uses the image from the video camera positioned inside the patient’s body to perform the procedure.

Laparoscopy can often mean a faster recovery from surgery, less time in the hospital or outpatient surgery centre, and less trauma to the body. The advantage is that it is no longer necessary to slice through large abdominal muscles to reach vital organs.

Dr. Marr uses the laparoscope diagnostically to find problems such as cysts, cancer, adhesions and infections, by taking tissue samples for biopsy through the tube. He also uses it therapeutically for many procedures such as removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy) and appendix (appendectomy), repair of various hernias and in weight loss (gastric bypass) surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the operation take?

About one hour.

How long will I be in hospital?

One night.

How, what and when can I eat after surgery?

You may have a small supper after your operation, and resume normal eating the following day.

When can I go back to work?

You will need to be off work for about 10 days.

When can I resume normal activities?

Dr.Marr advises no driving or physical activity for five days. Thereafter, it depends on how much pain you have

How long will I have pain?

This varies, but you would usually require analgesics for between five and ten days after surgery.

What about the dressings?

There are dissolving sutures under the skin which you won't see. Leave the dressings on for two weeks. They are waterproof, so bathing or showering is okay.

Will I need a follow-up visit?

You will need to come back for a short follow-up visit two weeks after surgery.