Frequently Asked Questions
What is Keyhole Surgery?
Keyhole surgery is a type of surgical procedure mainly used by surgeons to access the inside of the abdomen or pelvic region. This is also called as Laparoscopy. This surgical procedure is used to either diagnose or treat a disease.
What are the advantages of Keyhole Surgery?
The following are the advantages of Keyhole Surgery:
- Avoids large incisions
- Decreases blood loss
- Fewer unwanted side effects
- Less trauma on the tissues
- Less recovery time
- Minimally Invasive
What are the indications of Keyhole Surgery?
Keyhole Surgery indicated for diagnostic purposes in the following conditions:
- Inflammatory diseases like appendicitis, gallstones, etc.
- Ovarian Cyst
- Idiopathic abdominal and pelvic pain
- Ectopic Pregnancy
Keyhole Surgery indicated for treatment in the following conditions:
- Removal of appendix, gallbladder, parts of the intestine, etc
- Hernia treatment
- Treating ectopic pregnancy
- Treatment of inflammatory pelvic disorders
What are the steps involved in Keyhole Surgery?
- General or Local anesthesia is administered to the patient, depending on the type of surgery and the area of the body being treated.
- Usually, 1-4 small incisions are made to insert the surgical instruments. Gas like carbon dioxide is filled in the abdominal cavity through a cannula, inserted through one of the incisions. This gas helps in better visualization of the organs through inflating the abdominal cavity.
- After the procedure or surgery is done, the instruments will be retracted from the incision and the incisions will be stitched with surgical tape or sutures.
Is Keyhole Surgery a major surgery or minor surgery?
Keyhole Surgery is usually considered minor surgery or procedure as it is minimally invasive.
What are the risks and complications associated with Keyhole Surgery?
Following are a few risks and complications of Keyhole Surgery:
- Formation of small lumps or swelling at the site of incision
- Damage to neighboring organs or blood vessels
- Bowel injury
- Abdominal adhesions
- Can result in open surgery if not done properly
How long does it take to complete Keyhole Surgery?
The time required to complete Keyhole Surgery is about 30minutes to 2 hours.
What is the recovery time for Keyhole Surgery?
Recovery time for Keyhole Surgery when done to diagnose the condition of the patient is 5-7 days, whereas, when done to treat the patient, it is 2-12 weeks depending on the condition of the patient.
What is the success rate of Keyhole Surgery?
The success rate of Keyhole Surgery depends on the following factors:
- Age of the patient
- The medical condition of the patient
- Experience of the surgeon/doctor
- Type of surgery or procedure performed
However, the success rate of Keyhole Surgery may have a wide range such as 65-90%, depending upon the surgery and the area of the body being treated.
What are the long-term results of Keyhole Surgery?
Few of the long term results of Keyhole Surgery are:
- Lump formation at the site treated
- Permanent impairment of the neighboring organs
Can Keyhole Surgery be detected in the future?
Keyhole Surgery can be detected in the future as small lumps or swelling may be present at the site of the incision.
What are the options if Keyhole Surgery fails?
If Keyhole Surgery fails, then the doctor may recommend revision surgery or open surgery.
What are the alternatives for Keyhole Surgery?
The following are the alternatives for Keyhole Surgery:
- Open Surgery
- Medical therapy