Laparoscopy is performed using a special instrument called a laparoscope, a long, slender device inserted into the abdomen through a small incision. The laparoscope has a small camera fixed to it that allows your doctor to view the pelvic and abdominal organs.
If your doctor sees a potential problem, he or she can use other instruments, often inserted through additional incisions in the abdomen; however, they may be inserted through the incision made for the laparoscope. If so, this is called a single-site laparoscopy.
There are numerous benefits to choosing laparoscopy for your surgery. Benefits of laparoscopy include:
However, laparoscopy is not without its risks. Complications include internal bleeding, infection, damage to a blood vessel or hernias.
Generally, laparoscopy can be used to diagnose and treat issues related to chronic pelvic pain, infertility or a pelvic mass.
Laparoscopy can also be used for:
Laparoscopy is performed with general anesthesia, which puts you to sleep.
Your doctor will give you a guideline for when you can resume your daily activities following your laparoscopy. For minor procedures, it’s 1-2 days. For more complex procedures, it can be longer. Your doctor will determine how long you should rest.
After your laparoscopy, you may experience general discomfort for a few days. You will likely be sore around your incisions. Slight pain in the shoulder or back is common following your procedure.
However, if you experience severe pain, fever, heavy bleeding, fainting, nausea, swelling or discharge from your incision, it’s important to contact your OB-GYN right away.
The staff at Sylacauga OB-GYN can guide you on if a laparoscopy is right for your condition. We’ll discuss your concerns, goals and determine if minimally invasive surgery is right for you. Our trained staff provide effective women’s healthcare, tailored to your unique needs.