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Laparoscopy

What is laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy procedure is also known as keyhole surgery or minimally invasive surgery. It is a form of surgery that examines the abdomen or the reproductive system of a woman for issues. A tiny tube called a laparoscope is used in laparoscopic surgery. 

Laparoscopic surgery can be used to conduct a wide range of procedures. It allows minimally invasive procedures to be performed with high success rates. To accomplish the surgery, small incisions are made through which a tube, a camera, and surgical instruments are inserted. A video monitor receives images from the camera. This permits a surgeon to see within the body without causing significant pain to the patient.

When do you need to undergo laparoscopic surgery?

If you have any of the following symptoms, you may need a laparoscopy, suffering from severe and/or chronic discomfort in your abdominal or pelvis, feeling a lump in your stomach, some cancers can be removed using laparoscopic surgery, periods that are heavier than usual, surgical method of birth control. If you are a woman who is having problems conceiving? 

A laparoscopy can be performed to look for fallopian tube obstructions as well as other problems that can influence fertility. Using the laparoscope, your provider can look directly at the outside of your uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, spleen, and stomach.

Types of Laparoscopic surgery

Laparoscopy is suggested for different operations. There are different types of laparoscopic surgeries depending on to which part of the body undergoes surgery like laparoscopic spine surgery, laparoscopic hernia repair, laparoscopic cholecystectomy, and laparoscopic appendix removal. It allows minimally invasive procedures to be performed with high success rates.

The treatment has a number of benefits, including less discomfort, less bleeding, smaller incisions, a shorter hospital stay, and a lower chance of infection.

What is the procedure for a laparoscopy?

A laparoscopy is performed when you're lying down with your head lower than your feet in a slightly inclined position. During surgery, you'll be given a general anaesthesia to relax your muscles and avoid discomfort.

After that, a tiny incision near the navel is made. This incision is used to introduce the laparoscope. Your abdomen is enlarged to make it easier to see your organs. Surgical equipment for obtaining tissue samples or eliminating scar tissue may be included with the laparoscope.

A second incision may be made at the pubic hairline by your provider. This incision creates a second aperture for instruments used for minor surgical procedures.

You'll normally spend approximately an hour in a recovery room after surgery. After that, you'll be transferred to an outpatient surgery unit for further observation.

After receiving instructions for your home recovery, you will be discharged. After a laparoscopy, you should be able to leave the hospital in around four hours. It's rare for a patient to need to stay the night in the hospital after this treatment.

Post Laparoscopy: things to keep mind

It's important to remember a few things when you're healing at home after your laparoscopy. These are some of the suggestions:

  • After surgery, don't drink or drive for at least 24 hours.
  • After surgery, you are free to bathe whenever you like.
  • The bandage can be removed the morning after surgery. Two to three days following surgery, steri-strips which resemble tape can be removed.
  • Three days after surgery, you should be able to return to work. 
  • If your pee appears green, don't be concerned. It's possible that a blue dye was used to see if your fallopian tubes were open.

Laparoscopy - FAQs

1) Is laparoscopy a painful procedure?
A local anaesthetic numbs the area, so you won't feel any discomfort even if you're awake during the procedure.

2) What is the cost of laparoscopy procedures in India?

In India, the average cost of laparoscopic surgery ranges from Rs. 33,250 to Rs. 65,500. Prices, however, may range depending on the hospitals in different cities.

3) How long do you have to stay in the hospital following a laparoscopy?

After a laparoscopy, you should be able to leave the hospital in around four hours. It's uncommon for a patient to need to spend the night in the hospital after this treatment. Within two to eight weeks of your laparoscopy, you'll be invited to return to your healthcare provider's office for follow-up sessions.

4) Will I gain weight after a laparoscopy?
Excess fluid buildup and inflammation can cause post surgery weight gain, which is usually temporary. Weight gain can be caused by physical inactivity, stress, and changes in eating habits.

5) Can I climb stairs after laparoscopic surgery?
It is allowed to climb the steps. (If it hurts, don't do it.) Light activity is tolerated. In a few days, gradually resume the activities.
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