Laparoscopic Surgery

  • 22 July 2014
  • Dr Jane Strang

Laparoscopic surgery

What is Laparoscopic Surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery or “keyhole” surgery is a medical procedure where small incisions are made in the body allowing the surgeon to insert camera equipment to take a look inside your body and then to operate on affected areas in the abdomen.

What are the differences between this and conventional surgery?

The main difference is laparoscopic surgery uses a laparoscope (viewing camera) through a 10mm incision, in addition to up to three other 5-10mm incisions to perform an operation. This differs from open surgery in that for an open operation an incision is used that can be up to 25cm or 30cm long .

There are advantages to laparoscopic surgery including:

  • Reduced bleeding.
  • Reduced stress on the body.
  • Reduced risk of wound infection.
  • Reduced pain.
  • Reduced risk of hernia formation.
  • Recovery time after surgery is often shorter.

What is a laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

A cholecystectomy is the surgical removal of the gall bladder. A laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the removal of the gall bladder using keyhole surgery.

Jane performs laparoscopic surgery at Manuka Street Hospital, or Nelson Hospital. 


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