Is laparoscopic surgery appropriate for ovarian cancer?

Yes. A study has shown that ‘laparoscopic surgical staging of early ovarian cancer is a feasible and adequate procedure associated with multiple established and potential benefits’. A hospital website has shown that laparotomy is preferred when ‘the cause’ is not clear enough to confirm the diagnosis. In such a scenario, the doctor might want to open a large area and conduct a proper diagnosis. However, laparoscopy is preferred when the diagnosis is confirmed. In this scenario, laparoscopic surgery can be more beneficial as the doctor knows the exact location of the operation.

A study (2021) suggests that laparoscopy and laparotomy ‘appear to provide’ comparable results. But laparoscopy can be an efficient and safe procedure for early-stage epithelial ovarian cancer.

Another study (2009) published in ScienceDirect suggests that Laparoscopy provides better visuals of pelvic peritoneum, diaphragm and deep pelvic structures to avoid long incisions in the abdomen. Moreover, laparoscopy also supports shorter hospital stays and a rapid recovery time.

Besides this, another research paper has highlighted the importance of minimally invasive surgical procedures like Laparoscopy for benign ovarian cysts among adolescents and young girls. This paper published in (2015) has shown that minimally invasive surgery is better than open surgery as it is responsible for, “reduced postoperative pain, reduced risk of pelvic adhesions, shorter hospital stay, earlier return to daily activity, and better cosmetic appearance”.

Also, a paper (2019) published in Minerva Medica has shown that laparoscopy has replaced the ‘primary laparotomic approach’ while evaluating if cancer can be removed by surgery or not. Doctors often conduct staging to determine the spread of ovarian cancer and then decide whether a patient is suitable for laparoscopy or not.

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