What is Laparoscopic surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery, also known as minimally invasive surgery(MIS) or key-hole surgery, as an established technique of performing surgery since the late 1980s. The main difference between MIS and conventional surgery is that long painful incisions are avoided. Instead, small 0.5 and 1 cm puncture wounds (thus ‘key-hole’ surgery) are used to perform the operation. By viewing through a special telescope called the laparoscope (thus, the term ‘laparoscopic surgery’), the surgeon have a clear magnified view of the internal organs during the entire procedure.
The centre has doctors and nurses specially trained in the US and Europe in this special branch of surgery. With the focus on MIS, patients who come to the centre are assured that only the best and latest techniques and equipment are used.
With the wounds being much smaller, there are many advantages to the patient.
These advantages include:
- Less post-operative pain
- Able to move about soon after surgery
- In many cases, no need to stay in hospital
- Able to return to work faster
- Able to return to normal activities faster
- Less risk of chest infection
- Less risk of venous thrombosis in the legs
- Less need to take pain-killers
- If hospital stay is required, it is usually short (1-2 days)
- More cost effective for some procedures, such as treatment of gallstones
Laparoscopic surgery is suitable for:
- Colon Cancer
- Stomach Cancer
- Anti Reflux Surgery
- Weight Management