What is a Laparoscope and How is it Used for Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy?
A Laparoscope is a small, thin tube with a camera at the tip that is put into your body through a tiny cut made just below your navel Your surgeon can then see your gallbladder on a television screen and do the surgery with tools inserted in three other small cuts made in the right upper part of your abdomen.
With laparoscopic cholecystectomy, you may return to work sooner, have less pain after surgery, and have a shorter hospital stay and a shorter recovery time. Surgery to remove the gallbladder with a laparoscope does not require that the muscles of your abdomen be cut, as they are in open surgery. The incision is much smaller, which makes recovery go quicker.
With laparoscopic cholecystectomy, you probably will only have to stay in the hospital overnight. With open cholecystectomy, you would have to stay in the hospital for about five days. Because the incisions are smaller with laparoscopic cholecystectomy, there isn’t as much pain after this operation as after open cholecystectomy.
Laparoscopic Appendectomy Surgery
Appendectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the appendix from the abdomen. It can be performed either with a small incision on the abdomen or laparoscopically (key hole surgery). Below is a graphical representation of the Appendix. Acute appendicitis is the most common surgical emergency with a lifetime incidence of 6%. Treatment of acute appendicitis is appendectomy. Other reasons for appendectomy are suspicion of acute appendicitis, appendix mass and tumour of the appendix.
Benefit of Laparoscopic Appendectomy
- Less post-operative pain
- Faster recovery and return to normal activity
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less post-operative complications
- Minimally sized incisions/scars