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Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery Center

General Information

Laparoscopic surgery is a surgical procedure performed by making 3-4 small incisions of approximately 3-5 mm each through the abdominal wall into the abdomen. Utilizing a slender camera to penetrate and observe the abdominal organs, the surgeon observes the monitor while performing the surgery with slender medical tools through these small incisions rather than having the patient undergoing major invasive surgery with large incisions as performed under conventional operations. Under laparoscopic surgery using a camera, the image of the operative organ is enlarged so that it can be observed clearly. This method is also used with thoracoscopic surgery and in thyroidectomy (Endoscopic Thyroidectomy). The technologies of laparoscopic surgery have continually progressed in terms of operative tools, camera tools and operative procedures; and the latest 3D small incision laparoscopic surgery by Bangkok Hospital Hatyai can result in a more accurate and safer operation as doctors can observe and examine the internal organs in greater detail as surgical operations are being performed in the abdominal cavity. 3D Laparoscopic surgery technology works similarly to the human eye with perceptions of depth to view in addition to the magnification of the camera lens making operating easier, especially with tumor abdominal surgery, including gynecological and urological surgery. It, therefore, is a new alternative to conventional surgery which can result in better care and quality of life for patients than ever before.

Why is Laparoscopic surgery better?

With Laparoscopic surgery...

  1. there is less pain
  2. the intestine returns to normal functioning faster and patients can commence eating sooner after the surgery.
  3. there is little scarring if any.
  4. there are fewer complications.
  5. the surgery can be performed in greater detail as the camera can operate at a magnification power of 4-6 times normal vision.
  6. patients can return home sooner, with less recovery time required, and can return to their regular routines without worrying about their surgical wounds.

With open surgery...

  1. there is greater pain, the amount of pain experienced is proportional to the wound size. The larger the wound, the longer the surgical procedure. The wound is stretched during the operation, the position of the wound, and the method of suturing the wound all affects the amount of pain one may experience.
  2. Overall complications are more common and there is a longer delay for the intestine to return to its regular function. Therefore, the fasting period is longer after surgery. The patient will be required to remain hospitalized for an extended period and return to rest and recover at home before being able to resume regular activities.