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Laparoscopy | Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is a type of surgery offered for different health conditions. The doctors and specialists at MaineHealth provide vast knowledge and expertise to patients needing a laparoscopic surgery procedure.

What is laparoscopy/laparoscopic surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive type of surgery. Short, narrow tubes are inserted into the skin through small incisions. Surgeons then use instruments to fix, cut, and sew tissue back together.

Benefits of laparoscopy/laparoscopic surgery

Because laparoscopic surgery uses small incisions rather than large incisions it helps to reduce trauma to your body. Some of the benefits of this procedure are:

  • Less pain

  • Less scarring

  • Fewer wound infections

  • Shorter hospital stays

  • Shorter recovery

  • Faster return to work and daily activities

Risks with laparoscopy

All surgeries have risk depending on the procedure and the person’s health. Talk with your doctor about the risks involved with laparoscopic surgery.  Some risks of any surgery include:

  • Infection

  • Bleeding

  • Damage to body structures

  • Need for additional procedures

  • Death

Access to laparoscopy/laparoscopic surgery

MaineHealth is dedicated to providing access to laparoscopic surgery for prospective patients. Teams of medical specialists provide a range of services for patients seeking information on laparoscopic surgery.

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Laparoscopic surgery can be used for many types of surgeries.

Some of these include:

  • Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)

  • Inguinal hernia repair

  • Weight-loss surgery

  • Urologic surgery

  • Colon cancer resection

  • Abdominal wall reconstruction

  • Hiatal hernia repair