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Generally, there are three levels of invasiveness for surgical procedures.
The laparoscope has a tiny video camera enabling the surgeon to see inside the abdomen without a large open surgical incision. The surgical area is magnified on a TV monitor.
The surgeon makes a few small incisions that are each about one-quarter to one-half inch long and inserts several small, thin instruments with which to operate. UC San Diego Health System physicians are regularly performing complex surgeries that once required large incisions. By carefully removing diseased tissue in small pieces, cancerous and damaged organs can be removed through laparoscopic techniques.
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