Laparoscopic surgery

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Doctors Ronald Post (left) and John Smear (center) and Physician's Assistant Debra Blackshire perform laparoscopic stomach surgery at Langley Air Force Base, Va., on Jan. 31, 2005.  The surgery will involve the removal of the gall bladder to help alleviate acid reflux disease.  DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Bendet, U.S. Air Force.  (Released)

Also called minimally invasive surgery (MIS), bandaid surgery, or keyhole surgery, is a modern surgical technique in which operations are performed far from their location through small incisions (usually 0.5–1.5 cm) elsewhere in the body.