Laparoscopic surgery (or minimally invasive surgery, as it is sometimes called) is catching on throughout the medical industry. Here’s what you need to know about it:
What Is Laparoscopic Surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery is a surgical technique that uses a long, flexible, thin tube called a laparoscope. The tube is connected to a camera and carefully inserted into a small incision in a patient. Small surgical instruments are also inserted into small incisions to conduct the surgery. Instead of opening the patient up, surgeons view the patient’s organs on a screen with the aid of the laparoscope.
What Are The Benefits Of Laparoscopic Surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery isn’t a solution to every problem the medical industry faces, but it offers many benefits. Some of those benefits include:
- Smaller external scars
- Reduced blood loss during surgery
- Less internal scarring
- Shorter hospital stays
- Faster recovery times
This type of surgery can be used for a wide variety of procedures. Laparoscopic surgery is used for some cancer treatments, removal of tumors, and treatment of endometriosis and other gynecological conditions, as well as other surgical procedures.
What Are The Drawbacks Of Laparoscopic Surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery is an asset to the medical industry, but it does have limitations. For example, the image from the laparoscope is two-dimensional and can make it harder to discern depth while performing surgery.
Another limitation is the instruments. There are many functions that the human hand can perform that are difficult to replicate with instruments. One solution to this issue is robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery. For example, The Da VinciTM robotic system gives surgeons more options and allows them to use hand-like movements when performing the surgery. Using the robotic system also eliminates hand tremors.
Is Laparoscopic Surgery Being Used?
According to Med Gadget, Laparoscopic surgery is very popular and about 8 million surgeries are performed worldwide each year. Med Gadget also states that the lack of skilled healthcare professionals is preventing more growth in this industry.
Laparoscopic surgery may be able to offer you and your patients an excellent medical solution. If you or your staff could benefit from training in Laparoscopic surgery, contact Med Ed Labs—they offer facilities and resources for those looking to broaden their knowledge base and improve their skills.