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Keyhole Surgery Explained

03/07/2014

Keyhole Surgery ExplainedWhen it comes to surgical procedures, advances in technology and greater skillsets of surgeons has meant that keyhole techniques are used more and more.

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What is keyhole surgery?

In the past, large cuts to a patient’s abdomen would be necessary for surgical procedures to be carried out. This is simply no longer the case, with minimally invasive ‘keyhole’ surgery offering numerous benefits.

Now, a range of surgical procedures can be performed through very small stab incisions using special plastic tubes called ports. Surgeons can perform entire operations through these plastic tubes using long thin instruments.

What are the advantages of keyhole surgery?

The most notable benefit is the lack of a huge scar, which in itself has other advantages. No big scar means less pain; a lesser chance of complications like infection; and, of course, a better cosmetic result is achieved.

Furthermore, there is a reduced risk of adhesions forming inside the stomach, which can lead to bowel blockages and incisional hernias.

Lastly, keyhole surgery often affords a much quicker discharge from hospital and reduced recovery period.

What are the disadvantages of keyhole surgery?

As it is a lot more complex, keyhole surgery can often take longer to perform. Also, if any complications arise, a conventional procedure may be needed and will result in a large abdominal scar. Finally, the cost of such procedures is higher compared to conventional surgery as specialist equipment is needed.

So, if you’re due to have surgery in the near future, why not enquire as to whether a keyhole procedure could be the right choice for you.

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