Laparoscopy Today

National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP)

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Advanced Videoscopic & Laparoscopic Surgery Centre (AVLSC)
Lagos: 22, Daniyan Natalia Str., Lekki Phase One
Abuja: 16, Thomas Sankara Str., Asokoro
Phone  0816 828 5829 or 0810 018 7790 or 0803 575 3273
Dr Ojukwu Laparoscopy Surgeon services

There are multiple benefits of laparoscopic surgery including

Smaller incisions
Less general anesthesia
Better visualization
Less scar formation
Less adhesions
Less post-operative pain
Early ambulation
Less hospitalization time
Early return to work
Better cosmesis

The following is a partial list of procedures which can be safely performed by this laparoscopic method:

Cholecystectomy (removal of gall bladder and stones)
Lysis of adhesions
Ovarian/Fallopian tube surgery including ectopic pregnancy
Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus)
Intestinal surgery
Morbid obesity surgery
Investigation of infertility
Myomectomy(removal of certain types of fibroids)
Investigation of abdominal/pelvic pain, endometriosis and cancer
Gastro-esophageal reflux surgery
Hernia repair

Laparoscopic surgery is a sub specialization of surgery and gynaecology and involves the use of an assortment of equipment and electricity.

It is not for everyone. It also has its own inherent complications such as perforation, bleeding, infection, thermal injury and carbon dioxide narcosis (extremely rare).

This modern form of surgery is now offered at a few specialized medical centres such as AVLSC both in Lagos and Abuja.

Laparoscopy is a major part of Minimally Invasive Surgery which involves making much smaller incisions for the same surgical operations that have been performed for centuries.

The days when the surgeon made big incisions to accommodate his/her hands in the abdomen/thorax/pelvis are now numbered.

We employ the marvels of modern science in the form of a laparoscope which is a small tube-like device with lenses like a telescope to magnify body structures, a powerful light to illuminate them and a miniature video camera at its tip.

Exceptionally clear images are now transmitted through a fibre optic cable to a TV-like monitor with magnification much better than the naked eye.

The surgeon actually sees much better with small incision laparoscopy than with large incision naked eye open procedures because of the magnification.

The entire surgical procedure is easily recorded on a simple video tape which can easily be burned down to a DVD. Similar small straw-sized laparoscopic instruments are used for cutting, suturing, coagulating, irrigating, ultrasound and much more.