Endoscopic Plastic Surgery

Endoscopic or keyhole surgery has been used by gynaecologists to do laparoscopy, orthopaedic surgeons to do knee surgery and general surgeons to remove gall bladders for some years. It is relatively new to plastic surgery and although extremely promising, its place has yet to be established. In principle, a lighted telescope is inserted in a stab incision and viewed on a video monitor.

Instruments are inserted through another stab incision. The advantages of endoscopy are that scars are small and can often be well hidden and bleeding, bruising and swelling and the general upset of surgery may be reduced. The surgeon’s view of the procedure is often greatly enhanced by having the eye of the telescope only a centimetre or two from the operation site.

 

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