How is laparoscopic surgery used in oncology?

Ajay K. Sahajpal, MD
Transplant Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is simply a form of surgical technique. It can be applied to the surgery for certain malignancies, but with caution. The surgeon has to still apply the same principles of cancer management as open surgery and usually there is a learning curve. Traditionally a surgeon should have mastered the open technique before proceeding to a laparoscopic approach and also maintain a high volume of both to provide the best oncologic outcomes for patients.


Laparoscopic surgery is used in oncology to perform surgery in a less invasive manner, using small incisions. The oncologist uses a laparoscope, which is a tool that allows him to see the inside of your body via camera. The images the camera produces allow your oncologist to maneuver surgical tools inside your body through very small incisions. These incisions heal more quickly and with fewer dangerous complications than the incisions used in some other types of surgery.

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