Pelviscopy can be an important tool in diagnosing and managing issues affecting the pelvic organs. Advantia OB-GYN Shady Groveis a leading provider of pelviscopy procedures, offering state-of-the-art approaches to help women get the most appropriate and effective care for their specific needs.
What is a pelviscopy?
Pelviscopy is a minimally-invasive procedure used to evaluate the uterus and other organs and structures in the pelvic region. Depending on why pelviscopy is being performed, the procedure may be performed on an outpatient basis or as an in-patient procedure with a very brief hospital stay.
When is pelviscopy performed?
Pelviscopy can be very helpful in diagnosing the cause of symptoms like pelvic pain, and it can also be used to provide treatment for many diseases and disorders, including:
- Detection and removal of cysts
- Detection and removal of masses and tumors
- Evaluating inflammatory pelvic disease
- To determine the cause of infertility
- Determining the cause of pelvic and lower abdominal pain
- To perform tubal ligation
- To perform a hysterectomy, oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries), or myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids)
What happens during a pelviscopy procedure?
Pelviscopy is usually performed under general anesthesia using a thin, flexible device called a laparoscope which is equipped with a camera. The camera can be used to capture still images and real-time video of the area. Images are sent back to a monitor where they can be easily viewed. At the beginning of the procedure, a small incision will be made below the bellybutton to provide access to the abdominal cavity. Inert gas will be pumped into the abdominal cavity to gently expand the space so it can be better visualized, and then the laparoscope will be inserted into the space. When a procedure is being performed (as opposed to only a diagnosis), special instruments will be used that are designed specifically for minimally-invasive procedures. At the end of the procedure, the incision will be closed with a few sutures.
How will I feel afterward?
Most women have some discomfort for a day or more following the procedure depending whether the procedure was performed for diagnosis or to perform minor surgery. Discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter medications. Activity may also be restricted. Complete instructions will be provided prior to discharge.