The last fifteen years have been revolutionary for the medical industry, especially when it comes to performing surgeries. Some of what they call elective surgeries are now done through laparoscopy. The laparoscopic procedure is less invasive because there is no need for the surgeon to make a large incision. One of the earliest procedures where this technique was used was in gall bladder removal.

To this day, many gallstone surgery London clinics provide patients with the option to choose laparoscopy over standard surgical procedures. In addition to removing gallstones, there are many other uses for laparoscopy.

Different types of laparoscopic procedures

Gall bladder removal is still the most common surgery where laparoscopy is used. Surgeons today are also using this minimally-invasive technology for several medical conditions. For example, in removing inguinal hernia London clinics use laparoscopy. The same also applies to an appendix, colon, and uterus removal. If you are a patient, who needs anti reflux surgery London clinics now use laparoscopic technology as well.

How is it done?

Before this technology became available, the standard procedure required surgeons to make a large incision. The cut, which was typically around 6 to 12 inches long gave the surgeon enough room to work and look inside. In contrast, laparoscopy does away with the large incision. Instead, the surgeon makes several small incisions of about half an inch. In these tiny openings, the surgeon inserts a tube with a camera and surgical instruments attached. Using these tubes, the surgeon conducts the operation.

What are the benefits of laparoscopy?

If you go to a gallstone surgeon London clinic, you will likely learn more about your option to choose laparoscopy instead of conventional surgery. Apart from the benefit of being less-invasive, there are many other reasons to consider it:

  • Less cutting means you have smaller scars
  • Faster recovery time
  • The small incisions heal quicker, which means you will be back on your feet in no time.
  • You will feel less pain during recovery and will need to take less medication.
  • Minimal internal invasion also means your internal organs will have less scarring.

There is also a lesser risk of developing infections because the wounds are much smaller. If the surgery involves the patient’s bowel system, the patient even gets to drink and eat much sooner.

Many of these procedures are now possible on an outpatient care basis. If you get groin hernia repair London clinics may only require you to stay overnight after the procedure.

Possible risk factors

Laparoscopy is generally safe. But like any medical procedure, there are some risks involved. Since patients are administered general anaesthesia, getting hooked on a breathing machine may cause slight irritation. Some patients may also experience nausea from the anaesthetic.

After surgery, some patients may feel bloated. This is caused by air pockets in the diaphragm. These air pockets may cause some pain in the neck and back. But, the condition improves a couple of days after the surgery.

Before electing to undergo any laparoscopic procedure, your doctor will explain the procedure and its risks. You must understand clearly what is involved in the process so that you can make a well-informed decision.

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