How Laparoscopic (Keyhole) Surgery has changed the Face of Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery, (also known as minimally invasive or keyhole surgery) is a modern surgical technique where surgeons operate on the patient through small incisions located elsewhere in the body.

While the first laparoscopic surgery was performed on humans in 1910, it wasn’t until 1986 when the introduction of video computer chips enabled images to be projected into monitors that laparoscopic surgery really gained popularity amongst surgeons and patients alike. This technology, combined with the keyhole technique paved the way for accurate, yet minimally invasive procedure options.

As keyhole surgery requires only small incisions to be made on the patient, there are far less risks involved and the patient is usually able to return to work much quicker. The benefits include:

  • Reduced risk of hemorrhaging, which reduces the chance of needing a blood transfusion.
  • Smaller incision, which reduces pain and shortens recovery time, as well as resulting in less post-operative scarring.
  • Less pain, meaning the patient requires less pain medication
  • Less time in hospital and often same day discharge which leads to a faster return to everyday living.
  • Reduced exposure of internal organs meaning much less risk of infection
  • Less scarring and faster healing time

Laparoscopic surgery is performed more commonly on adults than children as the effectiveness of the procedure recedes with younger age.

As with any surgical procedure, there are still some risk involved in keyhole surgery however in most cases, the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages. Based in Sydney, Prof. Chris Berney is a general, hernia and gastrointestinal surgeon who specialises in advanced minimally invasive laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. Prof. Berney’s aim is to deliver the highest quality laparoscopic medical services while providing a thorough and comprehensive analysis of individual surgical needs.

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