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Laparoscopy (say "lap-uh-ROSS-kuh-pee") is a type of surgery that uses very small cuts. These cuts are called incisions.
To do this surgery, a doctor puts a lighted tube through incisions in your belly. This tube is called a scope. Then the doctor puts special tools through the tube to take out whatever is causing problems. This may be an organ, such as the spleen, gallbladder, or appendix. Or it could be an ovary, a fallopian tube, or part of the intestine.
With this kind of surgery, a doctor can also repair a hernia. Or he or she can take out small tumours, cysts, or other growths. It can also be used to close a woman's fallopian tubes.
For some surgeries, you can usually go home the same day. These include hernia repair and gallbladder removal.
The incisions from the surgery usually leave several scars about 1½ centimetres long.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your surgery.
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Current as of: August 11, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kenneth Bark MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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