An Overview of Endoscopy

Posted on July 26, 2011

by Dr. Steven Covici

Among the procedures that Dr. Steven Covici performs at his oculofacial plastic surgery practice is the endoscopic forehead lift. Dr. Steven Covici provides a primer on endoscopy.

Endoscopy has revolutionized surgery since the mid-1980s, making many procedures possible with shorter recovery time and less scarring.

The use of an endoscope and specialized instruments eliminates the need for open surgery, minimizing surgical trauma by operating through small incisions. This leads to less bleeding and fewer side effects, among the many other benefits of endoscopic surgery.

An endoscope is a small tubular device used to visualize internal structures. The device usually has fiber optic lighting and a lens and camera system to allow the surgeon to see inside the body. Surgeons insert the endoscope through a small incision and make other strategic incisions through which they pass surgical instruments.

Endoscopic use in plastic surgery is a relatively recent development. Its potential to minimize scarring while allowing surgeons to place small incisions in hidden areas along the hairline make it ideal for facial cosmetic surgery. Plastic surgery applications include tummy tucks, breast implants, and face or forehead lifts.

Before the endoscope was employed in plastic surgery, physicians used it to perform examinations and surgery of many other systems, including the gastric tract, female reproductive system, and urinary tract.

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