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A Patient's Guide to Laparoscopic Surgery: Understanding the Basics

Minimally invasive surgery, also known as laparoscopic surgery, has made big changes in how surgeries are done. It’s a new way of doing surgery that brings a lot of benefits for patients.

In this article, we’ll talk about what laparoscopic surgery is, what it involves, and what patients can expect during recovery. Understanding these basics will help patients make smart choices about their healthcare.

Solutions for Different Health Problems
In recent years, the field of laparoscopic surgery has advanced to treat various health conditions. From conducting biopsies to removing tumors, these techniques offer many advantages to patients.
As we know, a biopsy is a procedure to remove a piece of tissue or sample cells from your body so that they can be tested in a laboratory. During a laparoscopic biopsy, our surgeon makes a small incision in the abdomen and inserts a flexible tube with a camera and light attached. Special instruments are used to extract a small piece of tissue or a sample of cells. The samples will be sent to a laboratory for detailed examination for diseases such as gastrointestinal, liver disease, and reproductive system abnormalities.
In addition, another common application of laparoscopic surgery is for small tumor removal. This procedure involves the precise excision of abnormal growths of cells from the body, making it suitable for treating cysts and fibroids. During laparoscopic tumor removal, our surgeons use advanced imaging techniques provided by the laparoscope to locate and assess the size and location of the tumor. This process minimises damage to surrounding tissues and reduces postoperative pain compared to traditional open surgery. Typically, if patients have cysts and fibroids, we suggest undergoing laparoscopic surgery because it allows our surgeons to perform the procedure with minimal disruption to surrounding tissues, enabling patients to return to normal activities quickly.

On the Path to Wellness: Recovering from Laparoscopic Surgery
During the laparoscopic recovery process, patients may encounter various conditions that require careful management and attention. These common situations are what you might face after undergoing laparoscopic surgery:

  • Nausea: Nausea is a common issue during laparoscopic surgery. Our surgeons will recommend drinking clear water until the nausea subsides, and we will provide guidance on fluid intake to ensure your comfort.
  • Shoulder pain: As your body undergoes laparoscopic surgery, you may feel discomfort in your shoulder due to the carbon dioxide used to expand the abdomen during the surgical procedure.
  • Incision pain: After laparoscopic surgery, we’ll guide you on caring for the incision before discharge. Keep any tape strips on for up to a week. Wash the area daily with warm, soapy water, avoiding hydrogen peroxide or alcohol. If needed, cover with a gauze bandage, changing it daily.
  • Abdominal or pelvic pain: After laparoscopic surgery, pain will usually go down. But if it gets worse, patients are encouraged to reach out to our surgeons for a check-up.

 

Managing Post-Laparoscopic Surgery Concerns
Although laparoscopic surgery is generally less invasive, patients should be mindful that complications may still occur, influenced by their individual body conditions. These complications could include:

  • Trocar Injuries: Trocar injuries can happen during surgery when the sharp-pointed instrument used to puncture the skin causes damage.
  • Insufflation Complication: The use of carbon dioxide during surgery can lead to insufflation complications triggered by the body’s reaction.
  • General surgical risks: The patients might face general surgical risks, which are possible to happen. For instance, allergic reactions to the anesthesia or adhesions occur when scar tissues stick two organs together, which might cause excessive bleeding.
    At Dr. Lee Women’s Specialist Clinic, we understand the significance of making informed decisions regarding your health, particularly when considering procedures such as laparoscopic surgery. Whether you have queries about the surgery, its benefits, or concerns that need addressing, our dedicated team is available to provide you with precise, accurate, and comprehensive answers. We firmly believe that an empowered patient is one who is well-informed, and we are committed to supporting you throughout your entire journey.

 

Additional info: https://www.rcog.org.uk/media/qxtf3uxb/laparoscopy-recovering-well-patient-information-leaflet.pdf

Reference: https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/laparoscopic-surgery
https://www.verywellhealth.com/laparoscopic-surgery-3157107
https://fascrs.org/patients/diseases-and-conditions/a-z/laparoscopic-surgery-what-is-it
https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Health/aftercareinformation/pages/conditions.aspx?hwid=zc2174

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