71. Laparoscopy: Basic Instrumentation

  1. Arthur D. Smith MD2,
  2. Gopal H. Badlani MD3,
  3. Glenn M. Preminger MD4 and
  4. Louis R. Kavoussi MD2,5
  1. Khaled Shahrour MD, FRCSC and
  2. Stephen V. Jackman MD

Published Online: 5 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444345148.ch71

Smith's Textbook of Endourology, Volume I&II, 3rd Edition

Smith's Textbook of Endourology, Volume I&II, 3rd Edition

How to Cite

Shahrour, K. and Jackman, S. V. (2012) Laparoscopy: Basic Instrumentation, in Smith's Textbook of Endourology, Volume I&II, 3rd Edition (eds A. D. Smith, G. H. Badlani, G. M. Preminger and L. R. Kavoussi), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444345148.ch71

Editor Information

  1. 2

    North Shore–Long Island Jewish Health System, The Arthur Smith Institute for Urology, New Hyde Park, NY, USA

  2. 3

    Institute of Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston Salem, NC, USA

  3. 4

    Division of Urologic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA

  4. 5

    New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 JAN 2012
  2. Published Print: 1 FEB 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444335545

Online ISBN: 9781444345148



  • surgery;
  • laparoscopy;
  • instruments;
  • endoscope;
  • camera;
  • trocar;
  • hemostatic agents;
  • suturing devices;
  • morcellation;
  • site closure


Despite the relatively recent development of laparoscopy, there is a myriad of instruments available for the present day laparoscopist. Every surgeon needs their own stable of basic equipment, including instruments for dissecting, grasping, cutting, coagulating, and suturing, as well as systems for endoscopic vision, access, and tissue retrieval. Multiple options for each exist and personal preference, availability, and hospital contracts will determine these basics. To make an informed decision, a surgeon needs to know what is available and trial a number of options. In addition, special situations and procedures may demand alternative instrumentation. To assist the surgeon in this process, this chapter outlines the range of basic equipment that exists.