• What is a hand assisted laparoscopic surgery? Any tips for recovery afterwards?

    Asked by buckhunter on Monday, May 20, 2013

    What is a hand assisted laparoscopic surgery? Any tips for recovery afterwards?

    My dr. said he might use this for surgery. Sounds like half person, half robot surgery. Anyone had this done?

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      Peroll

      A laparoscopic surgery uses a laparoscope which is really a number of tools, including a video camera, that are on the ends of thin flexible rods that are inserted through small (1/2") incisions and used to perform the surgery. For a more complete explanation try this link: http://www.surgery.usc.edu/divisions/tumor/pancreasdiseases/web%20pages/laparoscopic%20surgery/WHAT%20IS%20LAP%20SURGERY.html It is not really robotic like robotic surgery but it has lots of similarities in that it uses remotely controlled tools and cameras and small incisions. I have had laparoscopic surgery several times and it shortens the healing time significantly. I have also had robotic surgery too, which also has a shorter healing time. Good Luck

      over 4 years ago

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