Laparoscopy offers major cosmetic benefits since much smaller cuts leave much smaller scars. Smaller cuts also result in less post-operative pain and faster recovery and return to normal activity following surgery. In many cases, patients can return home on the same day of surgery thereby dramatically reducing the length of hospital stay.
For simple operations, recovery and return to normal activity usually occurs within 1-2 weeks. For more extensive operations, recovery may take two weeks or more.
It is important to note, however, that not all cases are suitable for laparoscopy and in some instances, it is necessary to undertake open surgery.