Laparoscopy describes a group of operations performed with the aid of a camera placed in the abdomen or pelvis.
The laparoscope allows doctors to perform both minor and complex surgeries with a few small cuts in the abdomen. This technique is known as laparoscopic-assisted surgery.
Laparoscopy may also be done to diagnose a condition. In this case, the procedure is called diagnostic laparoscopy.
For more details about specific laparoscopic surgeries, see: