surgery using a narrow tube-like instrument called a laparoscope that is put into the abdomen through a small incision (cut). Other tubes are put in other nearby incisions to allow the surgeon to work inside the body. A surgeon might use this method to remove part of the colon or other organ while watching the procedure on a TV monitor. The small incisions led to the name “keyhole surgery” or minimally invasive surgery. This type of surgery tends to have shorter recovery times, but it requires a skilled surgeon who is experienced with this technique. See also colon, laparoscope.