Laparoscopic surgery represents one of the largest medical segments with about 8 million surgeries performed annually worldwide. With all its advantages such as quicker recovery, shorter hospital stay and a far superior aesthetic results, the concept of minimally invasive approach, has been gaining more and more followers amongst the surgical community. The equipment and instruments for performing these minimally access procedures have, over the years, greatly improved. Following the surgeons’ demands, the increasing investment and research on better tools have provided more sophisticated and efficient equipment that offers lower risk and thus higher safety to patients opting for these procedures.
The type and quality of surgical instruments available play a part in ensuring the best potential outcomes of a procedure. Although the basic notions of cutting, coagulating and sewing remain, the variety of tools available to perform these tasks has increased significantly. Surgeries that once required a long incision and the opening up of a large surface area can now be completed with smaller incisions and the use of cameras.