"Surgery without scars!"

Hardly anybody, especially in this part of the world, likes the sound of surgery. When patients are told by their doctor that their medical condition might require surgery, they begin to ring up friends and relatives to pray to 'reject the verdict'. For some, this stems from the fear of possible complications. For some others, the thought of having a surgical scar is simply perturbing.

Surgical procedure

What if I told you your surgery doesn't have to leave a scar and could come with a very reduced risk for complications? Well, you heard me right! Ever heard of laparoscopic surgery? Let me tell you a little about it. It is a sub-specialisation of surgery which entails the use of a small tube that has a light source and a camera which is passed through a small cut on the abdominal wall. The images are then relayed to a monitor while the surgeon operates.Laparoscopic surgery can be used to diagnose as well as treat certain conditions.  These conditions include but are not limited to;

-Fibroids

-Ovarian cysts

-Appendicitis

-Gall stones

-Ectopic pregnancies-Hernias

-Acute Pancreatitits

-Endometriosis

Laparoscopic surgery has been around for some time but might still be considered relatively new in Nigeria.Among the pros associated with this technique include that;

1)It is minimally invasive2)It leaves little or no scarring3)There's a shortened hospital stay as patients commonly go home within 24-48hours.4)There's a reduced risk of complications.

Laparoscopic surgery might be a little more expensive than traditional open surgery. This is because it requires more modern equipment and special skills. However with its added advantages, an extra penny or two might not be so bad. In the real sense though, since you take a lesser number of days off from work or business and don't spend so much on hospital stay, you might actually get to save costs .

Laparoscopic surgery is however quite delicate and only specially trained professionals can & should do it.Some Hospitals with this facility in Nigeria include;

-Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital.-University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital -University College Hospital, Ibadan-Federal Medical Centre, Owerri-Lagos University Teaching Hospital-Nnamdi Azikwe University Teaching Hospital-LAUTECH  Teaching Hospitals Ogbomoso & Osogbo.

A number of private hospitals also have facilities for this surgical technique.The next time you might require a surgery, ask your doctor if your procedure is one that can be done laparascopically.

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