Keyhole surgery, known as laparoscopic surgery in the abdomen, refers to an operation where only a small incision is required to obtain access to the required area, this is facilitated by the latest tools in instrumentation and camera manipulation. The term differentiates the surgical approach from the more traditional 'open surgery'. Although keyhole surgery will often have major benefits over open surgery for reasons that these articles explain, unfortunately it may not always be possible or even the best option.
The major advantages of keyhole or laparoscopic surgery are potentially even greater in children. Here the UK’s leading paediatric surgeons explain what is involved and when this advanced technique can be used.