Medical Specialties: Family practice, Internal medicine, Obstetrics/gynecology

Clinical Definition

Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure performed with a laparoscope, a thin viewing tube that is inserted in the body through a small incision. It is considered less invasive than open surgery, which requires a much larger incision.

In Our Own Words

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a thin viewing tube, called a laparoscope, is inserted in the body (usually the abdomen) via a small incision. It allows doctors to see inside your body and is commonly used to inspect and diagnose conditions or diseases or to perform certain types of surgical operations. This technique can be used in a number of operations, including gynecological surgery, gall bladder surgery and intestinal surgery. The advantages of laparoscopy include a shorter recovery time and reduced pain for the patient. 

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