Advantages of Laparoscopy Over Open Surgery

Dr. Purushothaman
May 5, 2019

Living a healthy life cannot usually exclude you from certain internal imperfections. During certain cases, one will have to undergo surgeries to cure internal diseases such as cancer and cysts. The types of surgeries chosen can also help in determining and treating the disease in a quicker way. One such is the Laparoscopy. The term Laparoscopy might not be a familiar one among the majority of the people. In modern days, surgery is practiced in a new way known as Laparoscopy. This very term is taken from the Greek word ‘Laparo’ which means flank and ‘skopien’ meaning to examine. This method of surgery was familiar long back. But during the present age its popularity increased with the first laparoscopy surgery that was performed in France in 1987. It soon took its way to the USA in the year 1988.

While performing a Laparoscopy, the surgeon makes a small incision on the abdomen. This incision done for the purpose of laparoscopy will be only half an inch long. It is with the instrument known as a laparoscope that such a surgery is performed by the surgeon. A Laparoscope is a long and thin tool that is pushed into the abdomen through the incision made on the skin. The instrument has an attached camera that will help in monitoring the internal organs in the abdomen. The pelvic organ can be viewed by this procedure with the help of a monitor.

Organs that can be treated with the help of Laparoscopy

With the help of Laparoscopy, organs such as liver, appendix, pancreas, stomach, pelvic organs or the reproductive organs, gallbladder, small and large bowel and spleen can be treated. Medical tips and medications from doctors related to the treatment of such internal organs may sometimes be successful, but others might end at surgeries. Choosing laparoscopy has a lot of benefits over open surgery. We can take a look at the major benefits here.

Diseases that can be cured with the help of Laparoscopy

Usually, Laparoscopy is used for diagnosing diseases or conditions that occur in the abdomen. The reason for pain in the abdomen region, infertility causes and pelvic mass can be diagnosed with the help of this procedure. While diagnosing such problems, a doctor can conduct a surgery for treatment at the same time. Certain conditions can be treated with the help of laparoscopy such as Fibroids, Ovarian cyst, Endometriosis, Ectopic pregnancy, Pelvic floor disorder and Cancer.

  • Fibroids: Fibroids are serious issues that can result in chronic pain and blooding. Fibroids grow inside or outside of the uterus. It’s a group of cells or tissue that be at times be dangerous. All fibroids are not cancerous, but fibroids should be removed for the good of the person affected. With the help of Laparoscopy, fibroids can be removed and relief can be given to the person affected.

  • Ectopic pregnancy: With the help of Laparoscopy, removal of ectopic pregnancy is also possible. This is a condition where an embryo is developed in the mothers internal organs other than the uterus. This is a very dangerous situation and can harm the woman experiencing an ectopic pregnancy. For removing the embryo in such cases, laparoscopy can become a real blessing for the affected person.

  • Endometriosis: In people with Endometriosis, treatment with mere medication is not possible. In such a situation, laparoscopy can be of rescue to the affected. With the help of laparoscopy surgery, doctors are able to find out the endometrial tissue. It can be removed right at the time it is detected.

  • Pelvic floor disorder: This is a very complicated condition occurring in the tissues, muscles and even the ligaments that lie on the pelvic floor. Those affected with Pelvic floor disorder are seen to experience severe pain in the urinary tract. They feel like urinating the whole time. They also experience constipation and other discomforts. This condition can be detected more accurately with the help of laparoscopy. Its removal too will be faster with the procedure.

  • Cancer: Certain kinds of cancer happen in the abdomen regions. Such cancer can be found out and removed with the help of laparoscopy. These cancers are ovarian cancer and colorectal cancers. Certain tissues inside the body will grow in an abnormal manner. With the help of laparoscopy, the tissue can be removed, thus preventing further spread of the cancer cells to the other internal organs.

Advantages of Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is a kind of procedure that has a whole lot of benefits than the open surgery. Some of the main advantages of laparoscopy are:

  • Pain is lesser compared to ordinary surgery- It is seen that there is only a small incision done while doing a laparoscopy surgery which makes pain lesser comparatively. An incision in the abdomen area helps to do the surgery easily.

  • Stay less in the hospital after surgery- This means that the recovery period of such a surgery is lesser than ordinary surgery. Those treated with such a surgery need to stay only a single day in the hospital.

  • Quicker recovery- Laparoscopy surgery will take a short span of time to recover. Treatment and medicines can be continued at home and you will be able to small activities after this surgery.

  • Less scars- Laparoscopy surgery leaves only a small scar in the abdomen region unlike open surgeries.

  • Low chances to get infected- Such a surgery will decrease the chances of infection on the skin or the internal parts. Usually surgery gives more chances of infection while laparoscopy does not give you much chance of infection as it is not done by hands of those who do the surgery.

  • Gives an accurate diagnosis- Doctors are able to diagnose diseases quicker and are able to treat quicker with the help of laparoscopy. It can be considered safer than ordinary open surgery.

Surgeries can cure diseases, but it is always better to prevent any kind of diseases. For this, one needs to choose healthy living.

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