Laparoscopic duodenal perforation closure is a surgical procedure that involves the repair or closure of perforations in the duodenum (first part of the small intestine) caused by duodenal ulcers (open sores or holes in the lining of the small intestine).
The procedure is performed under general or endotracheal anesthesia (respiratory gases and anesthetic drugs are passed through a tube placed in the windpipe through the nose or mouth). You are asked to lie down in a supine position (face upwards). Your surgeon makes 3 to 4 small keyhole incisions on the abdomen. A laparoscope (tube with a light and tiny camera) is inserted though one of the incisions. The abdomen is viewed thoroughly to identify the perforations. Surgical instruments are passed through the other incisions. The perforations are closed with sutures and knotted. After the repair is done, the incisions are closed with sutures. The surgical procedure takes about 90 minutes.
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