Laparoscopic or minimally-invasive surgery is a highly efficient alternative to surgical procedures encompassing weight-loss, inguinal hernias, surgical oncology, appendicitis and gynecological procedures, among others.
Unlike traditional surgery involving a single large abdominal incision, minimally-invasive or laparoscopic surgery are characterized by making small incisions, through which surgical instruments and a fiber-optic camera are utilized while the patient is under the effect of general anesthesia. This way, the surgeon can observe the images and perform the same surgical procedures as in traditional surgery, but with smaller incisions.
The advantages of this procedure over traditional surgery are countless. Besides that in a laparoscopy incisions are rendered practically invisible, the recovery time and risk of infection is significantly reduced. This translates to lower costs, by drastically reducing the hospitalization time of the patient.
All surgeries pose a risk, and laparoscopic surgery is no exception. Nevertheless, laparoscopic surgery has less risks compared to most other surgeries.
Each case is different, depending on the patient's characteristics and whether or not there are post-operative complications or personal conditions that may affect the duration of recovery. Normally, laparoscopies are considered ambulatory and the patient remains in the hospital for only one night.
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