Keyhole Surgery
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Laparoscopic or keyhole surgery is a well established, though still relatively new technique that involves the surgeon operating through tiny (often no more than 5 mm) incisions. A telescope with a video camera is introduced through one incision and operating instruments are introduced through one or more other incisions. The operation is performed by the surgeon who watches the image on a television monitor.

The advantages of keyhole surgery are as a result of the very small incisions used. This results in less discomfort, quicker recovery and a much better cosmetic result.

Many operations in different surgical specialties can now be performed using keyhole techniques. In general surgery a number of operations have become routine. These include operations for gallstones, groin and incisional hernia, hiatus hernia causing reflux of acid , excessive sweating and obesity.

All of these operations can of course still be performed by open surgery which usually involves a much larger scar and a longer recovery period. When making a decision as to whether to undergo keyhole surgery it is very important to ask your surgeon about his experience of the operation.
Laparoscopic surgery involves skills which not every surgeon has and there is a very definite learning curve involved for the surgeon.

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