We have a laparoscopic instrument in our History of Medicine collection.
Laparoscopic surgery, or keyhole surgery, is a modern surgical technique. It carries a number of advantages over traditional surgical techniques, which include reduced pain since the incisions are smaller, reduced bleeding and shorter recovery time.
The main element is the use of a laparoscope, a long fiber optic cable system that enables viewing of the affected area. Laparoscopic surgery includes operations within the abdominal or pelvic cavities, whereas keyhole surgery performed on the thoracic or chest cavity is called thoracoscopic surgery.