What is Laparoscopy
Fibroid tumors, cysts, and other adhesions and conditions that may develop in the uterus are common health problems experienced by women of all ages. In order to determine the exact condition, and to assess the necessary course of treatment, it’s important to analyze the uterus and its internal structures. Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure that checks for these abnormalities and in some cases, is used to remove them.
How is Laparoscopy Performed
Laparoscopy uses a narrow, lighted tube that is used to enter the abdomen through an incision in the belly. A tiny video camera (laparoscope) goes through this tube which provides the physician with a clear view of the abdominal organs and reproductive and female organs. In some cases, your doctor may simply take a biopsy for further testing.
What Can Laparoscopy Be Used For
A laparoscopic surgical procedure is oftentimes used to check for infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), endometriosis, ectopic pregnancy, or cancer. For patients who wish to under go female birth control by way of tubal ligation, a laparoscopic approach is often used to complete this process. This procedure provides a thorough examination of the entire pelvic area including the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, bowels, liver, gallbladder, and appendix. In some cases, dye may be injected into the cervix area so that a more in-depth view of the fallopian tubes can be shown.
Laparoscopy is, in most case, an out-patient procedure and can often be performed without an overnight stay in the hospital. General anesthesisa is used so that the patient can remain pain-free and unconscious during the procedure. Because there are numerous conditions and situations that might require this procedure, it is important to have a thorough examination and consultation with a Women’s Specialist gynecologist in order to discuss all of the options.
For additional information on laparoscopy surgery, or to discuss other available, advanced treatments offered by the Women’s Specialists of Plano such as robotic surgery and endometrial ablation, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation.