Background: Selection of laparoscopy over the traditional open approach during times of pandemic has been in question.
Although very little evidence supports viral transmission through laparoscopy or open approach, a potential risk of transmission is
still present. Therefore, modifications to surgical practices have been suggested in order to minimize the risk of viral transmission
through surgical procedures.
Objective: Concern on potential risk of viral transmission during laparoscopic surgeries have raised many questions among
surgeons worldwide. Several benefits of laparoscopy will be discussed in detail and the safety of laparoscopy relative to the traditional
open approach will be speculated based on these benefits. Furthermore, important safeguards that have to be implemented in the
operating room in times of pandemic will be discussed.
Conclusion: Despite the lack of evidence on the transmission of COVID-19 during laparoscopy, a potential risk remains. However,
the known benefits of laparoscopy could be advantageous over the open approach and minimize the risk of occupational exposure
on the surgical staff. Despite very little evidence that suggest viral transmission, it is important to implement modifications in the
operating room to further reduce the risk of viral transmission.