Laparoscopic surgeries are an increasingly used method of surgery that is less invasive, promotes faster healing and causes less surrounding tissue damage than traditional surgical incisions for a multitude of conditions. For example, in the “old days”, an individual undergoing an appendectomy would experience a 4 to 6 inch long incision on the lower right abdomen so the surgeon could access and remove the appendix. Today, laparoscopic procedures for the same operation require 1 to 3 very small incisions, most commonly measuring only a centimeter or two in length.
Individuals undergoing laparoscopic surgeries have shortened recovery times as well as less postoperative pain. Smaller incisions decrease the chance of complications such as infection and offer decreased mortality rates. The fiber-optic instruments and video cameras attached to the laparoscope enable surgeons to view the surgical area on a monitor while utilizing special instruments that avoid surrounding tissue damage of the surgical area.
Laparoscopic surgery is commonly used in obesity and weight loss procedures, multiple orthopedics techniques and procedures, as well as for some cardiac procedures, biopsy procedures, and operations involving the soft tissues or organs of the abdominal area, from the stomach to the pancreas, liver, gallbladder and small and large intestines. Laparoscopic techniques and technology is also used in male and female genitourinary scenarios, such as prostate removal, treatment of the ovaries or uterus and kidney and urinary tract conditions and disorders.
PlacidWay, a medical tourism portal, offers information on a variety of facilities around the world who perform affordable, quality and effective minimally invasive surgical procedures for a variety of conditions from torn meniscus repair to colonoscopy.
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