Laparoscopic surgery vs open surgery

By: Dr Gary Swift  08-Nov-2013
Keywords: Laparoscopic Surgery, Keyhole Surgery, Open Surgery

What is Open Surgery?
 What is the difference between open surgery and laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery? Open surgery involves cutting a large 8cm to 10cm incision into the abdomen to expose the area of the body on which the operation is to be performed. Much of the postoperative pain is due to this large incision. As a result of this you often need to stay in hospital for five to seven days. In some cases you may also require up to six weeks of recovery before you are able to return to normal activities, such as, your usual occupation. In addition to the disruption to your family life and employment, open surgery also carries a bigger risk of adhesion and infections. This is due to the increased exposure of body tissue to the external environment that is necessary in open surgery. Open surgery still has a place for some cancer operations and very large pelvic masses. Is there an alternative to Open Surgery? Yes. The alternative is laparoscopic surgery or commonly referred to as keyhole surgery. Laparoscopic surgery requires specialised training, which not all gynaecologic surgeons have undertaken. To read more follow this link -

Keywords: Keyhole Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Open Surgery, Reproductive Surgery

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