Laparoscopic Surgery

Also called "Laparoscopic Surgery", "Minimally Invasive Surgery", "Minimal Access Surgery", "Operative Endoscopy"

It was also often wrongly called "Laser Surgery" because the early users emphasized the use of lasers (more fashionable and high tech then) rather than the small size of the laparoscopic technique

Laparoscopic surgery is now firmly established as the operation of choice or Gold standard for treatment of most gynecological problems needing surgery. The results below are from KK Hospital, the largest Women's hospital in Singapore and illustrate a clear trend towards acceptance of what was once considered a new and unreliable technique.

Keyhole Surgery

http://www.endozone.org/display.asp?page=congress_ISGE2003-Yap

Besides the acceptance in treatment of :
  • Ectopic pregnancies
  • Pain due to adhesions
  • Ovarian cysts (non-cancerous only)
  • Endometriosis
Laparoscopy also has a major role in the treatment of :
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Uterine diseases needing hysterectomy eg adenomyosis
  • Early uterine cancers
  • Urinary stress incontinence
Laparoscopy may in the future, when techniques improve, have a significant role in :
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Early cervical cancer

Of interest will be the role new technologies like Robotic Assisted Surgery will have.
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