Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgery (sometimes called keyhole surgery) that allows the surgeon to perform surgery for a variety of urologic diseases and problems. Laparoscopy can be applied to many benign and malignant urologic problems and can be used for conditions affecting organs ranging from the kidney, adrenal gland, bladder, and prostate.

Risks of Laparoscopic Surgery

As with all surgery, there are some risks involved with laparoscopic surgery including:

  • Infection
  • Internal bleeding
  • Hernia
  • Damage to blood vessels, stomach, bladder or bowels

Preparing for Laparoscopy

Your physician will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for your laparoscopic surgery. You will not be able to eat or drink anything for a few hours before the surgery. A family member or close friend should take you to your appointment, as you will not be able to drive yourself home from the surgery.

Recovery Time after Laparoscopy

Most laparoscopy surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you can go home the same day. You will want to take it easy for the next couple of days after your surgery and normal activities can be resumed after 5-10 days after surgery. Ask your physician for specific instructions on when to resume moderate to heavy activities, like exercise.


Patients who have undergone laparoscopy surgical procedures have experienced the same therapeutic benefits of traditional surgery, as well as greatly reduced pain, shorter hospitalization, faster recovery, and better cosmetic results.

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