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Removal Of Trichobezoar (Laparoscopic /open Approach)

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This is a surgical procedure performed to remove a trichobezoar (mass of swallowed undigested hair trapped within the gastrointestinal or GI tract). In the laparoscopic approach, small incisions are made and a thin tube (laparoscope), with attached camera and tools are inserted to remove the trichobezoar (hair) from the GI tract. In the conventional open approach, a larger incision is made on the portion of the skin beneath which the trichobezoar is, and then it is removed.