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Laparoscopy, or the use of a laparoscope, offers surgeons an "inside view" of an individual's body without having to make a large incision to see inside it. The laparoscope is actually a long, thin tube to which a small camera is attached at one end. This camera transmits or sends pictures onto a monitor screen that enables the surgeon to view diseased or damaged organ tissues without opening a body cavity. The surgeon literally operates on the patient by viewing the monitor and manipulating his or her instruments without actually accessing the specific organ or tissue through a large incision, as is common through incision surgical procedures.