Laparoscopy

(Surgery With Keyhole Incisions)

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Definition

Laparoscopy is a type of surgery done through several small incisions in the abdomen. Small tools and a laparoscope with a tiny camera, are placed through the incisions to allow the surgeon to see inside the belly and perform surgical tasks. This type of surgery is popular, because it usually shortens recovery time. It also leaves small scars in most cases.
Laparoscopic Instruments Being Placed in the Abdomen
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Reasons for Procedure

Many types of surgery can now be done with a laparoscope. Some examples include:It can also be done to help make a diagnosis.

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