LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY INFORMATION – DR. MYRAN
What is Laparoscopic Surgery
Laparoscopic Surgery is a modern surgical technique used to examine the abdominal or pelvic regions using a slender tube (laparoscope) inserted through a small incision in the abdomen. This operation uses tiny surgical instruments and a small camera to view the desired area.
Instead of making a large incision or cut for the operation, incisions are usually between 0.5cm to 2.5cm. For this reason it also sometimes called:
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Keyhole surgery
One of the potential big advantages of Laparoscopic Surgery is that recovery time may be significantly less than traditional surgery.
Source – Better Health Channel
How can Laparoscpoic Surgery help
Laparoscopic Surgery may help Dr. Myran in the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis, infertility and other problems such as fibroids. It can also help in the viewing of the urinary system and removal of cancer and excess fluid in the pelvic cavity.
Note – Dr Palam operates privately through Waverley Private Hospital.
How Long does it take
The surgery usually takes up-to an hour.
Patients are required to be checked in at the hospital 45 minutes prior to the operation. Once ready you may wait in the operating theatre for about 10-15 minutes before the operation starts.
Laparoscopy is performed under a general anaesthetic.
The incision and operation
A small incision is made (usually next to the navel) and the laparoscope is inserted into the abdominal cavity. Either carbon dioxide or nitrous oxide gas is then passed into the cavity to separate the abdominal wall from the underlying organs. This allows Dr. Myran to examination the internal organs.
Additional incisions (up to three) are made to allow access for other necessary surgical instruments. Once a diagnosis is made or the problem is removed (or both), the instruments are taken out, the gas allowed to escape and the incisions sewn shut. The stitches may need to be removed by the doctor at a later stage or else they will dissolve by themselves.
Post operative recovery
Most patients usually spend around 30 to 60 minutes in the recovery area after surgery. You should be up and walking around soon after.
After the procedure you may experience:
- Soreness around the incision site/s
- Shoulder pain, caused by the gas pumped into the abdominal cavity
- A sensation of abdominal bloating
- Abdominal cramps
- For pelvic procedures only, light bleeding or discharge from the vagina
Remember to plan and discuss pain reliving treatments post operation.
Please do not to drive home following laparoscopy.
The medication used during the procedure can temporarily inhibit physical and mental abilities. Have a friend or relative to take you home from hospital or call a taxi.
Most symptoms of laparoscopic surgery resolve within one or two days.
If you experience severe abdominal pain, fainting, fever or vaginal bleeding please contact our rooms or your attend your closest emergency department.