Many abdominal surgical procedures can be performed using laparoscopic, also called minimally invasive, techniques. Most commonly, laparoscopic techniques can be used for gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy), hernia repair, and appendectomy.
During a laparoscopic procedure, your surgeon will use several small incisions to insert a fiber optic camera and inflate your abdomen with gas, and perform the procedure. Laparoscopic procedures generally have shorter hospital stays (often 24 hours or less), significantly smaller incisions, less pain and scarring and a shorter recovery time.
Although not appropriate for every patient or procedure, if you are a candidate for a laparoscopic procedure, your surgeon will discuss the possibilities with you to help you choose the best option for your care.