One of the clever advertising campaigns at a hospital I trained in featured an open pack of lifesavers on a billboard. The tag line was “have surgery through an incision this big.” There are some key factors you should know about how a laparoscopic surgery is carried out, the risks associated, and why sometimes an open surgery might still be necessary.
Part I: How do you know where to start looking?
The blood tests are done, the x rays taken, the docs have weighed in, and a diagnosis has been made. In some ways it is a relief: you have an answer as to why you haven’t been feeling well. But. . . now what?