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Glossary Term:


laparoscopic surgery




surgery using a narrow tube-like instrument called a laparoscope that is put 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 surgery is more difficult than traditional surgery, and requires a skilled surgeon who has done a lot of them. See also colon, laparoscope.