Laparoscopic surgery is commonly referred to as “minimally invasive surgery” as it only requires small incisions. It is performed using a long, slender instrument called a laparoscope. This device has a small camera built in to allow your doctor to view the abdominal and pelvic organs.
What Laparoscopic Surgery Can Help Diagnose
Laparoscopic surgeries can be used to help identify problems within the pelvis like chronic pelvic pain as well as underlying causes of fertility problems. Any problems identified can generally be treated within the same surgery. Other conditions that laparoscopic condition can help diagnose and treat include:
- Ovarian Cysts
- Ectopic Pregnancy
Benefits of Laparoscopic Surgery
There are many benefits to laparoscopic surgery, especially when compared to traditional surgical methods. Because laparoscopic surgery only requires small incisions, the recovery time and time spent in the hospital is typically far shorter than for those who have open abdominal surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is also less likely to cause infection or leave large scars.
What Can I Expect During Laparoscopic Surgery
Laparoscopy is usually performed under general anesthesia, so when the procedure is over you may feel sleepy. Normally, you will spend a couple of hours in the recovery room to let the anesthesia wear off. In most cases, you will be able to go home the same day as your surgery, so it’s important to make sure you have someone to drive you home.
In the days following surgery, it’s normal to experience fatigue as well as some soreness around the incisions. While everyone recovers differently, you should be able to resume most of your normal activities a day or two after surgery. If the pain does not subside, or worsens over time, contact us immediately.