An instrument through which structures within the abdomen and pelvis can be seen. A small surgical incision (cut) is made in the abdominal wall to permit the laparoscope to enter the abdomen or pelvis. A diversity of tubes can be pushed through the same incision or other small incisions permitting the introduction of probes and other instruments. In this way, a number of surgical procedures can be performed without the need for a large surgical incision. Virtually all parts of the body today can be visualized using a laparoscope including the joints of the body.
Laparoscope comes from two Greek words. The first is lapara, which means “the soft parts of the body between the rib margins and hips,” or, more simply, the “flank or loin.” The other Greek root is skopein, which means “to see or view or examine.” Skopein has become -scope in English.
1. Pertaining to the procedure of laparoscopy. 2. Pertaining to a laparoscope, the instrument by which laparoscopy is done. 3. Performed by laparoscopy. 4. Performed with a laparoscope. Laparoscopic comes from two Greek words. The first is lapara, which means “the soft parts of the body between the rib margins and hips,” or, more simply, […]
- Laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy
LAVH. In LAVH, several small incisions (cuts) are made in the abdominal wall through which slender metal tubes known as “trocars” are inserted to provide passage for a laparoscope and other microsurgical tools. The laparoscope is essentially a tiny telescope. A camera attached to it provides a continuous image that is magnified and projected onto […]
- Laparoscopic staging
A staging procedure for tumors of the abdomen using laparoscopy in combination with laparoscopic ultrasonography. The aim of laparoscopic staging is to prevent unnecessary laparotomies and avoid the trauma inherent in open surgery on the abdomen while providing accurate information on tumor spread to permit effective treatment. The treatment of tumors such as pancreatic cancer, […]
A type of surgery in which small incisions are made in the abdominal wall through which a laparoscope and other instruments can be placed to permit structures within the abdomen and pelvis to be seen. A variety of probes or other instruments can also be pushed through these small incisions in the skin. In this […]
An operation to open the abdomen. For example, laparotomy is used to remove cancer of the intestines or repair bowel blockage.