Gynecological Laparoscopy: The Essentials

Laparoscopic Surgery in UtahGynecologic laparoscopy is an excellent alternative to traditional open surgery. This medical procedure makes use of a laparoscope — a very narrow, lighted telescope — so that a doctor can look inside your pelvic region’s interior. On the other hand, open surgery will require incisions.

Why Gynecological Laparoscopy?

Doctors use gynecological laparoscopy for diagnosing or treating a disease. Sometimes, a simple diagnostic gynecological surgery procedure may also lead to treatment depending on the findings of the doctor. It is commonly used to check unexplained infertility or pelvic pain and for monitoring pelvic infection.

It can also be used to check for the following conditions:

  • ovarian tumors or cysts
  • endometriosis
  • ectopic pregnancies
  • uterine fibroids
  • pelvic pus or abscess
  • infertility
  • painful pelvic scar tissue
  • inflammatory disease
  • reproductive system cancers

Additionally, laparoscopy can be used for the following treatments:

  • removing the uterus / hysterectomy
  • removing the ovaries
  • removing ovarian cysts
  • removing fibroids
  • treating endometriosis
  • blocking the flow of blood to fibroids
  • removing pelvic adhesions
  • treating incontinence / burch procedure
  • reversing tubal ligation
  • treating prolapse / vault suspension
Gynecological Laparoscopy Procedure

Utah gynecologists say that a laparoscopic surgery procedure is performed when you’re under general anesthesia. Depending on your condition before and after the procedure, you may have to stay a few days in the hospital or go home right after.

A catheter for collecting your urine will be inserted once you’ve fallen asleep. Next, a small needle will be used for filling your abdomen with carbon dioxide to keep your abdominal wall away from vital organs and lower your risk of potential injury. Your surgeon will then make a tiny incision in your navel area where the laparoscope will be inserted. The laparoscope will then send images to an external monitor where your doctor can clearly see your internal organs.

If the procedure is for diagnostic purposes, your doctor will just take a look to see if anything’s amiss or not. If the procedure is for surgical purposes, your doctor will make more tiny incisions for other medical instruments to pass through, while the laparoscope acts as guide. All medical instruments will be removed and all incisions will be stitched up after completing the procedure.

Laparoscopic procedures generally have shorter recovery times than traditional open surgery and will only leave tiny scars. Severe complications with laparoscopy are very rare, but if you experience complications following after your laparoscopy, contact your doctor ASAP.