Digestive Diseases: Laparoscopic Surgery and Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery

woman with abdominal pain

Though many gastrointestinal disorders can be treated successfully with lifestyle changes or medications, some conditions may require surgery.

Laparoscopic surgery and hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery (HALS) are, "minimally invasive" procedures commonly used to treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Unlike traditional surgery on the colon or other parts of the intestines where a long incision down the center of the abdomen is required, laparoscopic surgery requires only small "keyhole" incisions in the abdomen. In the case of hand-assisted surgery, a 3-4 inch incision is also used to allow the surgeon's hand access to the abdominal organs. As a result, the person undergoing the procedure may experience less pain and scarring after surgery, and a more rapid recovery.

Conditions laparoscopic surgery (laparoscopy) treats

Laparoscopy can be used to treat the following conditions

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