microlaparoscopeA 2–3-mm-diameter endoscope that allows a surgeon to perform most procedures (e.g., diagnose endometriosis, treat tumours and repair hernias) for which a larger (5 mm) laparoscope was once used.
Less pain, more rapid recovery.
Greater skill is required, cannot perform larger laparoscopic procedures (e.g., appendectomies, cholecystectomies).
microlaparoscopeLaparoscopy A 2 mm endoscope that allows a surgeon to perform most procedures–diagnose endometriosis, treat tumors,
and repair hernias for which a larger–5 mm laparoscope was once used Pros Less pain, more rapid recovery Cons Greater skill required, cannot perform other laparoscopic procedures–eg, appendectomies, cholecystectomies. See Laparoscopy.