laparoscopy

noun

lap·​a·​ros·​co·​py ˌla-pə-ˈrä-skə-pē How to pronounce laparoscopy (audio)
plural laparoscopies
1
: visual examination of the abdomen by means of a laparoscope
2
: an operation (such as tubal ligation or gallbladder removal) involving laparoscopy
laparoscopic adjective
laparoscopist noun

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Since laparo- means "wall of the abdomen", a laparoscope is an endoscope designed especially to examine the abdomen. Common laparoscopic surgeries include removal of the gallbladder, appendix, or kidney, and removal of tumors from abdominal organs. Like the other endoscopic surgeries, laparoscopy, as compared to traditional surgery, reduces risk of bleeding, pain following the operation, patient recovery time, and length of hospital stays.

Examples of laparoscopy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The laparoscopy found 37 lesions and a cyst on her ovary, which was removed via surgery. Brendan Le, Peoplemag, 4 May 2024 That's a common term in the UK for a laparoscopy, where a doctor makes a small incision and inserts a camera to guide the procedure. Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 26 Apr. 2024 Irwin’s close friend, who had endometriosis, urged her to undergo a laparoscopy — a minimally invasive method for the diagnosis and treatment of intra-abdominal diseases. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 23 Aug. 2023 For now, small patches of the flexible pressure sensors could be used as a coating for surgical tools used in laparoscopy, says Stefan Mannsfeld, a Stanford researcher who led the electronic skin development. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Sep. 2010 The scary moment pushed her to undergo a laparoscopy — a minimally invasive method for the diagnosis and treatment of intra-abdominal diseases. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 23 Aug. 2023 They’re typically treated surgically, which can be done with a minimally invasive laparoscopy, or with a skin incision over the hernia to support this area where there’s a weakening within the pelvic cavity. Addison Aloian, Women's Health, 15 June 2023 This is usually performed with laparoscopy rather than open surgery. Doru Paul, Verywell Health, 19 Mar. 2023 He was put on a feeding tube, and an exploratory laparoscopy showed potential signs of an infection that was resolving, but no action was deemed needed. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 24 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of laparoscopy was in 1916

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“Laparoscopy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laparoscopy. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

laparoscopy

noun
lap·​a·​ros·​co·​py ˌlap-ə-ˈräs-kə-pē How to pronounce laparoscopy (audio)
plural laparoscopies
1
: visual examination of the inside of the abdomen by means of a laparoscope

called also peritoneoscopy

2
: an operation (as tubal ligation or gallbladder removal) involving laparoscopy
laparoscopic adjective
laparoscopically adverb

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