lap·​a·​ros·​co·​py | \ˌla-pə-ˈrä-skə-pē \
plural laparoscopies

Definition of laparoscopy 

1 : visual examination of the abdomen by means of a laparoscope

2 : an operation (such as tubal ligation or gallbladder removal) involving laparoscopy

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Other Words from laparoscopy

laparoscopic \ˌla-​pə-​-​rə-​ˈskä-​pik \ adjective
laparoscopist \ˌla-​pə-​ˈrä-​skə-​pist \ 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.

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During laparoscopy, a number of small (read: one-half-inch or less) cuts are made into the abdomen. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Health & Fitness," 1 Oct. 2018 Definitively diagnosing the disorder requires invasive surgery; doctors need to peer inside the pelvis through a laparoscopy. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Women with endometriosis suffer terrible pain. There’s finally a new treatment option.," 24 July 2018 Additionally, hysteroscopic sterilization compared with laparoscopy did not significantly differ in the risks of certain medical concerns, such as autoimmune diseases, thyroid disorders or the risk of death, the researchers found. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Essure or surgery? New study compares contraceptive risks," 13 Mar. 2018 The traditional open surgery, in which a surgeon operates through a long skin incision, is starting to be replaced by robotically assisted laparoscopy, with a surgeon operating a robotic system that performs the surgery through smaller incisions. WSJ, "Is Robotic Prostate Surgery Better Than Traditional Surgery?," 24 June 2018 In one case, a surgeon had perforated a patient’s bowel during a laparoscopy. The Economist, "Hospitals are learning from industry how to cut medical errors," 28 June 2018 Still, if the pain doesn’t go away after multiple laparoscopies, a woman may elect to do a hysterectomy and oophorectomy to remove the uterus and target estrogen production. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Lena Dunham Had a Total Hysterectomy to Treat Her Endometriosis," 14 Feb. 2018 Lapovations is a medical device company focused on improving laparoscopy. Andrea Rumbaugh, Houston Chronicle, "$2M awarded during 2018 Rice Business Plan Competition," 9 Apr. 2018 Medical complications occurred in just 0.06% of women who underwent hysteroscopic and 0.11% of those who underwent laparoscopy, the researchers found. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Essure or surgery? New study compares contraceptive risks," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of laparoscopy

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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lap·​a·​ros·​co·​py | \ˌlap-ə-ˈräs-kə-pē \
plural laparoscopies

Medical Definition of laparoscopy 

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

Other Words from laparoscopy

laparoscopic \-​rə-​ˈskäp-​ik \ adjective
laparoscopically \-​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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