GEOFF TOMPKINSON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY GEOFF TOMPKINSON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Cholecystectomy. Surgeons perform a gallbladder removal operation (cholecystectomy), using a minimally-invasive laparoscope technique. A laparoscope (held by surgeon at right) contains a camera which provides a view of the gallbladder on the TV screen (upper centre). This view allows other surgeons to guide surgical instruments to the site, for example a drainage tube and a laser emitter to cut tissue. Cholecystectomy is performed to treat gallstones and severe inflammation of the gallbladder. Photographed at the Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital, Hong Kong.
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