- What is Laparoscopy ?
It is a type of procedure in which fibreoptic instruments are introduced through small 10mm incisions into abdomen and other surgical instruments are introduced through other 5 mm incisions to view the organs and perform surgery. The entire surgery is done with 3 to 4 small incisions.
- What are advantages of laparoscopic surgery over open traditional surgery ?
Less pain, less blood loss, faster recovery, less chances of wound infections, avoiding large wounds and incisions, better cosmesis, lesser hospital stay.
- Is Laparoscopy surgery safe ?
It is as safe as traditional surgery. Risk of any operation is determined in part by the condition of patient and nature of surgery.
- What are the myths associated with laparoscopy surgery ?
Laser is used during surgery, very complicated, post of loosening/laxity of abdomen, failure of surgery, very expensive. None of the above is true. In fact the cost of laparoscopy surgery is more or less the same as lesser duration of stay (lesser bed charges and medicine charges).
- When is the patient discharged after laparoscopy surgery ?
24 to 48 hours after surgery
- What can I expect after laparoscopic surgery ?
Recovery is usually rapid. After the patient is discharged there are no restrictions in terms of food, activity, travel. She can have a bath 48-72 hours post surgery. She can assume job/activities within 5 days.
- How many stitches does one have after surgery ?
3-4 stitches and we use self dissolving suture material which does not require removal and provides better cosmesis. In traditional open surgery where big abdominal incisions are taken there are chances of wound gape or wound infections especially in diabetic/obese patients. These wound related complications are almost nil with laparoscopy.
- Can all procedures can be done laparoscopically ?
Yes in the era of 2019-20 laparoscopy surgery spells the end of open surgery.