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During the Procedure
With laparoscopy, tiny fiber-optic instruments are inserted into the body through small surgical openings (thus the name "keyhole"). A person may have three or more small incisions. A video camera is inserted into one opening, which guides the surgeon who is manipulating the instruments in the other two openings. On the ends of these instruments are such devices as scissors, surgical staplers, scalpels, and sutures (stitches). Abdominal laparoscopy involves the following steps:
The patient is asleep and feels nothing during the procedure.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/19/2014
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