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Whenever the surgery that is considered can be performed equally well
and equally safely by either laparoscopy or laparotomy, the decision
as to the type of incision to be used can (and in my opinion really
should) include the patient.
In the hands of an experienced laparoscopic surgeon, virtually any
endometriosis associated problem that can be treated by laparotomy can
now be handled via laparoscopy. Laparoscopic surgery has benefited women
in many ways. Differences in approach include:
- opening the abdomen to perform the surgery directly through a large
- cosmetically considered "disfiguring" by many younger
- requires a stay (usually several days) in the hospital
- postoperative recovery may be several weeks with significant time
out from work
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- minimally invasive same day surgical approach
- a telescope is entered through an incision about 1 cm long near
the umbilicus and one to three smaller incisions are also usually
made in the lower abdomen for the entry of additional instruments
- postoperative recovery usually only a few days with little time
out from work.
- little incision discomfort compared to laparoscopy incisions.