Laparoscopic, or keyhole surgery, has made it possible for surgeons to do certain operations with far smaller incisions, which means less scarring and less pain for people.
It shouldn’t be misunderstood as a “smaller” surgery or any way less serious. The same, and sometimes even greater, risks are encountered when performing operations through keyhole surgery.
clResponsible use of this technique includes making a well-considered decision, by the surgeon, on which approach will be best suit individual patients.
Most often, people need an adrenal gland removed because a tumour is found in it. The adrenal glands, which sit alongside the kidneys, are hard to reach via open surgery, making them suitable for removal through keyhole surgery.
People with certain blood disorders may need to have their spleen removed to stop it from clearing away unusual blood cells or platelets. As long as the spleen isn’t too large, a laparoscopic approach is usually preferred.
Some colon operations can be performed through a keyhole surgery like the removal of the section of colon immediately above the anus, also called an anterior resection. The two most common indications for this type of surgery are cancer and chronic diverticulitis. Click here for more on colon cancer. Diverticulitis happens with age. In a nutshell, it’s a small out-pouching on the bowel wall which keeps getting infected. While diverticulitis is usually treated with antibiotic, sometimes surgery is needed.