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What Is Laparoscopy?


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Laparoscopy sounds a little scary at first, but it's actually pretty cool. It's a special kind of surgery that uses a camera to look inside the body! What happens during laparoscopy? First, doctors make a tiny cut on the patient's belly (the patient is under anesthesia so they don't feel the surgery). Then they place a really thin tube inside with a teeny camera attached to it. They use the camera to look for what's making the person sick, and when they find it, they fix it. Using this kind of surgery, doctors can fix things more easily, a person can heal faster, and there's only a tiny cut that will heal in no time.