Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive approach to surgery. Several small incisions are made in the abdominal wall, through which are inserted tubes that allow the passage of the surgical instruments needed for the operation. A small camera is inserted into the abdomen, and the surgeon operates by watching his activities on a video monitor. To enhance his vision, your abdomen in inflated with gas, and as much as possible of this is expelled again at the end of the operation. However you may feel a bit bloated, or have “wind” pains under your diaphragm or in your shoulder tip for a few days whilst any final gas bubbles are slowly reabsorbed.
Compared to open surgery, benefits of laparoscopic surgery include