Laparoscopy is a procedure that allows the doctor
to look directly at your reproductive organs to diagnose and
possibly treat problems that cannot be seen on a pelvic exam, on
x-rays, or with other tests. The doctor inserts a long, slender,
telescope-like instrument called a laparoscope through a small
incision in your lower abdomen to view your ovaries, fallopian
tubes, and uterus.
To aid in the examination, the doctor may insert
surgical instruments through the laparoscope or other tiny
incisions. Carbon dioxide gas (CO2) is used to help separate the
organs inside the abdomen cavity, making it easier for the doctor to
see the reproductive organs. The gas is removed at the end of the
Laser therapy may be used to treat certain
conditions such as endometriosis.
|Where is the procedure done?
The procedure is done in the outpatient surgical setting. The
procedure time will vary depending on the reason for the procedure.
The average time is 1- 1½ hours.
What do I need to do prior to the procedure?
The procedure is done under general anesthesia. Because of this,
you cannot have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night
before the procedure. You may also be required to do a bowel prep
the day before your surgery.
What can I expect after the procedure?
Mild discomfort : you may be given a prescription for a pain
medication to be taken as needed
Sore throat: this is caused by irritation from a tube placed in
your throat during anesthesia. It may last a few days and may
helped by throat lozenges.
Incisions: the incision just below your navel will have one
suture, which will dissolve. The tiny incisions near the pubic
hair line will be covered with steri-strips, which may be removed
2-3 days after surgery.
Gas pains: you may experience some gas pains from the residual
CO2 that may remain in your abdomen following the procedure. This
pain usually presents as shoulder pain or sharp pain underneath
your diaphragm. The pain is usually transient and will disappear
in a day or two. It helps if you get up and move around while you
are having this pain, and also if you drink either hot water or
hot tea with fresh lemon. Heat, massage and exercise also help
alleviate this pain. You may use over the counter anti-gas
Activity: no heavy lifting for 12 hours after the procedure. You
may return to normal activities, as you feel able.
When should I call the doctor?
Please notify our office if you experience:
- Fever above 101 degrees.
- Redness, swelling, or foul smelling odor from you incisions
Follow up for your future
The doctor will discuss the findings with your family immediately
after surgery. You will need a follow-up appointment in 2-3 weeks to
monitor your progress and to discuss further treatment.