Laparoscopic surgery is a form of minimally invasive surgery that uses fiber optics to perform complex procedures without large incisions. Surgeons are able to insert fiber optics through small incisions that are much smaller than traditional surgery requires. In some cases, the length of the incisions doesn’t need to be longer than an inch.
The fiber optics are equipped with small cameras, which let surgeons see inside the body, and robotics, which let surgeons actually perform the procedures they’re doing. Because robotics are used, laparoscopic surgery is sometimes referred to as “robotic surgery.”
Laparoscopic surgery has two significant benefits over traditional surgery. Since laparoscopic procedures require only small incisions, they’re less invasive. This reduces the risk of complications, and it shortens the recovery time after a procedure.
Laparoscopic surgery is used in many different fields of medicine. Gynecologists use it to perform laparoscopic hysterectomies and laparoscopies.
Anyone who needs a surgical procedure done might be a good candidate for laparoscopic surgery. A gynecologic surgeon can help women decide if the procedure is right for them during an in-person consultation.
When looking for a laparoscopic surgeon, women should first seek out a doctor who is licensed and board-certified. Licensure lets doctors legally practice medicine, and board certification shows that a doctor has demonstrated his or her expertise in the field by passing an exam. The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology certifies gynecologists.
Additionally, women ought to look for a surgeon who has lots of experience. As the saying goes, “practice makes perfect.” Doctors who have decades of experience performing surgeries have had a lot more practice than those who are just out of medical school.
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