Hand assisted laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used for a variety of urologic purposes that can be performed with or without the da Vinci robotic surgical system. This procedure uses laparoscopic surgery techniques and allows a surgeon to have more options in the operating field, reducing complications and operating time.
During the laparoscopic procedure, the patient is placed under general anesthesia and is fully asleep. The surgeon makes a small incision, usually in the abdomen, and a tube is inserted. CO₂ gas is pumped through the tube and inflates the abdomen, giving the surgeon increased visibility.
A laparoscope, the device that allows the surgeon to see inside the body, is also inserted. In hand assisted laparoscopy, another, slightly larger, incision is made, allowing the surgeon to directly influence the surgical process and remove organs or other tissue that would be too large to fit through the tiny incisions made in strictly laparoscopic surgery.
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