Traditionally in order to gain access to body cavities and internal organs surgeons have made large incisions which involves cutting skin and muscles. This causes disturbances to body physiology and often considerable post operative discomfort and pain.
Laparoscopic or keyhole surgery is designed to be less traumatic to the body, therefore allowing a much more rapid recovery. For instance laparoscopic cholecystectomy (removal of the gall bladder) often only requires a few hours in hospital whereas following traditional open surgery patients often return home several days later.
Operations are undertaken through tiny holes in the abdominal wall through which a camera and instruments are inserted.
How laparoscopy works
The surgeon carries out the procedure by viewing images on a screen in the theatre, taken by a small camera inside your body. Laparoscopy refers to the areas Mr Boyle works in, generally the abdominal cavity and digestive tract. The camera uses a "cold light" source like an LED lightbulb - it won't burn your insides! In fact, laparoscopic surgery usually results in shorter recovery times, since the incision made is small. There may also be lower risk for you, since other factors such as blood loss are also smaller than with "open" surgery. Patients typically report less pain in recovery.
If you have a condition of the upper gastrointestinal tract, laparoscopic surgery may be an option for you. Contact Mr Boyle's practice or ask your GP.