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Laparoscopic Surgery Unit

Frequently asked Questions

There are many questions that come to one's mind when faced with a new technology like laparoscopic surgery. Some of these are:

Q. Do you only remove the stones from the gall bladder?
A. No, the gall bladder is removed with the stones exactly like it would have been in an open operation.

Q. How can it be removed from such a small hole?
A. The human body has a great capacity to stretch. The holes can stretch quite easily without any harm to the body.

Q. How is it disconnected from the liver and ducts?
A. The ends are clipped with titanium clips, which are a non reactive element and safe to use.

Q. What is the recovery period?
A. The patient can start drinking liquids soon after coming out of the anesthesia which is about 4 hours after the operation. They can start eating soon thereafter. The patient is allowed to get off the bed 4 hours after the surgery and walk to the toilet to pass urine. They are usually allowed to go home the next day, can climb stairs and the majority can get back to routine activity in 5 days and back to work in about 10 days.

Q. Does Laparoscopy costs high
A. No, as the hospital stay is reduced by 75%, the extra operation cost will be compensated by the reduction in the room charges.

The increased cost should be compared with the gain associated by a quicker and more productive return to work by the majority of the patients. The hidden lowering of cost is due to less leave, early return to normal activity and work, and also from the greatly reduced disruption of the family routine.

Q. Does it have diagnostic role?
A. Yes, at times a surgeon has to do an operation of opening up the abdomen or the chest to find out what is wrong with a patient. This may be due to lack of availability of sophisticated diagnostic tools like CAT scan, MRI scan etc. In such situations, a diagnostic laparoscopy/ thoracoscopy can provide a quick diagnosis and on occasions treatment.

Q. Are there any draw backs of laparoscopic surgery?
A. The danger is from the inexperienced laparoscopic surgeon as there is rarely a more experienced person available for guidance in case of difficulties.

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