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What are the pros and cons of laparoscopic surgery and open surgery for hernia repair?

Submitted by Bruce Abel on Tue, 2017-07-25 16:48
Surgical team performing laparoscopic hernia repair surgery

Laparoscopic surgery, also referred to as 'minimally invasive surgery' or simply 'keyhole surgery', describes a method of performing operations within the body without needing to make a large incision in the skin to access the internal organs.

A laparoscope is a long flexible tube equipped with a miniature video camera and light on the end that, along with a range of miniaturised surgical instruments, can be inserted into the abdominal cavity through a very small incision or set of incisions which are only 1 or 2cm in length.

The pros and cons of laparoscopic surgery vs. open surgery for hernia repair

Submitted by Bruce Abel on Tue, 2017-07-25 16:47
Surgical team performing open hernia repair surgery

Laparoscopic techniques have been in use since the early 1900s, initially used only on animals, with the first laparoscopic procedure on a human conducted in 1910. Laparascopic techniques for a range of different types of surgery have been commonplace since the 1990s.

Today most operations to repair herniae are conducted using laparoscopic surgery, and the main reasons for this are...