Laparoscopic Surgery and Open Surgery: The Difference
Laparoscopic surgery otherwise referred to as keyhole surgery involves the use of modern techniques to perform abdominal operations using very small openings – in most cases, only a few half-to-one-centimetre incisions. Through a small cut made at the navel, the surgeon passes a viewing telescope attached to a camera and light source (the laparoscopy) into the abdomen, revealing the operative area on a video monitor. Additional two or three small incisions are made to create passageways for other specially designed surgical instruments required for the surgery.
Open surgery, on the other hand, involves cutting a large 8cm to 10cm incision on an area that’s to be operated on. This procedure is more painful and carries a bigger risk of adhesion and infections as a result of the increased exposure of body tissue to the external environment that is mandatory during the operative procedure. A person who has undergone open surgery may require up to six weeks of recovery before they can return to normal activities.
Benefits of Laparoscopic Surgery
- The risk of bleeding during surgery is reduced because the size of the incision made is smaller.
- There is a reduced risk of post-operative pain.
- The healing process is shorter after surgery.
- The smaller incision also leads to a significantly smaller scar after surgery.
- Exposure of the internal organs to external contaminants is significantly reduced in laparoscopic surgery, thereby reducing the risk of postoperative infection.
- The length of hospital stay required is significantly shorter because the healing is faster.
- Faster recovery time also means that patients can return to normal activities and work much earlier following laparoscopic surgery.
Where Can I Get a Laparoscopic Surgery Done?
Evercare Hospital Lekki has commenced laparoscopic surgeries for multiple surgical conditions with international standards of expertise and infrastructure for the following specialities: General Surgery, Obstetrics &Gynaecology, Urology and Bariatric Surgery (Weight loss surgeries including Botox).
For more information, visit https://www.evercare.ng/, call 08139850710 or simply walk in.