Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is a minimally-invasive technique that can be used for the diagnosis and treatment of several medical issues. Advantia OB-GYN Shady Grove is recognized as a top provider of laparoscopy techniques for women, enabling women to get the care they need while enjoying a faster, more comfortable recovery.

What is laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that uses very small incisions to access the surgical site. Laparoscopes are also equipped with tiny cameras to see inside the body without the need for large incisions. The camera can be used to guide the surgeon during the procedure, transmitting images back to a monitor for viewing. Laparoscopy is used in gynecology as well as in many other types of surgery.

When is laparoscopy used?

In gynecology, laparoscopy can be used for different types of procedures, including:

  • Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus)
  • Oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries)
  • Removal of fibroids and adhesions
  • Treatment of endometriosis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease treatment
  • Tubal ligation, a type of birth control that closes off the fallopian tubes
  • Treatments for infertility

How is a laparoscopic procedure performed?

The specific approach depends on the procedure being performed, but generally speaking, laparoscopy uses small incisions, often only a couple of inches in length. Many procedures can be performed using either sedation with or without local anesthesia or under general anesthesia. Once the incision is made, an inert gas is often used to gently expand the surgical site so the camera can obtain clearer images. One or two additional incisions may be made to admit instruments when needed. After the procedure is complete, the incision will be closed using a few sutures or surgical adhesives. Most procedures can be performed in 90 minutes or less on an outpatient basis or with very minimal hospital stays.

What are the benefits of laparoscopy?

Minimally-invasive surgical techniques like laparoscopy are associated with a lower risk of complications, less bleeding and less tissue damage, faster recovery, and less discomfort following surgery. Also, women who have laparoscopic surgeries are discharged earlier than women who have traditional surgical procedures, and they can resume their normal activities more quickly.