Laparoscopic surgery, also known as minimally invasive surgery, allows surgery to be performed without making long incisions in the body. Instead, surgeons make several small incisions, typically under an inch in length. A thin, lighted tube with a camera at the tip, called a laparoscope, is inserted into one of the openings. The camera allows surgeons to view the desired surgical site on a large, flat-screen monitor. Tiny surgical instruments are inserted through the remaining incisions, which physicians manipulate to perform delicate procedures. In orthopedics, this type of surgery is called arthroscopy.