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Laparoscopic Cancer Surgery

A minimally invasive surgical approach to cancer located in the urinary system, mainly in the kidney, bladder, or prostate is performed using a specialized instrument known as a laparoscope. 

How and why is it done?

  • Laparoscopic nephrectomy: Special long instruments are inserted through the incisions, each of which is about 1/2-inch (1.27cm) long, to remove the kidney. One of the instruments, the laparoscope, is a long tube with a small video camera on the end. This lets the surgeon see inside the abdomen.
  • Laparoscopic cystectomy and partial cystectomy is a minimally invasive approach to bladder cancer. The standard approach for people with muscle-invasive bladder cancer is to remove the entire bladder (radical cystectomy).
  • Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to remove a patient's cancerous prostate. Laparoscopic surgery differs from traditional open surgery by making five small incisions as opposed to one large one to perform the surgery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can a tumour be removed with laparoscopic surgery?

Tumour removal generally requires a larger incision or cut, than a biopsy. Sometimes, there are less invasive surgical options for tumour removal, like laparoscopic surgery or robotic surgery. These use small instruments and incisions. With a less invasive surgery, you usually have less pain and recover faster.

How long is laparoscopic surgery?

When laparoscopy is used to diagnose a condition, the procedure usually takes 30-60 minutes. It will take longer if the surgeon is treating a condition, depending on the type of surgery being carried out.

Is laparoscopic surgery painful?

Laparoscopy is carried out under general anaesthetic, so you won't feel any pain during the procedure. During laparoscopy, the surgeon makes one or more small incisions in the abdomen. These allow the surgeon to insert the laparoscope, small surgical tools, and a tube used to pump gas into the abdomen.