What Is Laparoscopic Surgery? | Surgical Associates of Cleveland

Here at the Surgical Associates of Cleveland, we know that no one really looks forward to having surgery, though they do look forward to the relief that comes after healing. However, many patients may have fears regarding discomfort or risk related to surgical treatments. That’s why we’d like to tell you more about a different kind of operation.

Laparoscopic surgery is a different type of surgery which uses a laparoscope. A laparoscope is a slender instrument with a tiny video camera and light attached to the end. A surgeon inserts the laparoscope through a small cut and into the patient’s body to look at a video monitor and see exactly what’s going on. Without the laparoscope, you’d need a much larger surgical opening. In the long run, laparoscopic surgery means less cutting.

Laparoscopic surgery is also known as a minimally invasive surgery. It offers several benefits over traditional surgery due to the reduction in cutting:

  • The patient is left with smaller scars.

  • They are also discharged from the hospital more quickly.

  • They experience less pain as the scars heal, and they heal more quickly, too.

  • Laparoscopic surgery patients can return to their normal activities sooner.

  • Patients may have less internal scarring.

Robotic surgery is now frequently being used in conjunction with laparoscopic surgery. In this case, the surgeon makes a cut into the skin and inserts the camera, as with standard laparoscopic surgery. Next, the surgeon sets up a robot’s mechanical arms which he operates via computer.

The benefits of robotic surgery include a 3-D, high-resolution, and magnified image of the patient’s body. This means the surgeon can be much more precise, and the patient experiences less bleeding. The patient may also have less discomfort after the operation as opposed to other surgical methods.

Would you like to learn more about laparoscopic and robotic surgery? We are happy to help! Visit our website to learn more about our clinic, and feel free to give us a call with any other questions you might have.