Laparoscopic surgery, also known as ‘keyhole surgery’, is carried out with the aid of a camera inserted into the abdomen or pelvis. A small incision is made in the abdominal wall through which a laparoscope, a flexible lighted tube with a camera attached, is inserted so that structures within the abdomen and pelvis can be examined. The abdominal cavity is made more visible by distending it with an absorbable gas, usually carbon dioxide. A number of major and minor surgeries may be carried out. A variety of tubes and long, narrow instruments can be inserted through the same incision in the skin, or via other small incisions, facilitating a number of procedures without the need for a large surgical incision. The surgeon uses these instruments to manipulate, cut and sew tissue. A number of procedures can be performed laparoscopically, including gallbladder removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy), oesophageal surgery (laparoscopic fundoplication), colon surgery (laparoscopic colectomy), and surgery on the stomach and spleen. Most patients receive general anaesthetic during the procedure.
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We know it’s the small things that count.. Despite access to a pre-eminent surgical team, world leading practice and the most contemporary medical facilities . . .
Over 20 years specialised laparoscopic practice and 25 years endoscopy. First NZ surgeon to perform laparoscopic cholecystectomy 1990. . . .
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Anil Sharma is a specialist Gynaecologist working in Auckland, New Zealand, who provides quality medical and surgical . . .
Dr Jeanie McDonald is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist who has been in private practice for 15 years. . . .
Specialist in Laparoscopic General Surgical Procedures, Laparoscopic Inguinal Repair. Laparoscopic repair for inguinal hernia is associated with rapid return . . .
Current Positions: Consultant, HBP/Upper GI Unit, Auckland City Hospital; Professor of Surgery, University of Auckland; Director, Surgical Research Network . . .