A laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat problems in the pelvis. During this procedure, an endoscope (tube) with a camera on the end is inserted through a tiny incision that allows Dr. Jeyalingam to closely examine the organs of the area. Surgical instruments can be inserted through additional small incisions to treat any identified problems.
Technological advances have brought computers and laparoscopic instruments to the forefront of surgical approaches. This provides patients with a minimally invasive technique that can be utilized in a wide range of procedures.
A laparoscopic procedure may be performed for a number of reasons, including:
- Perform a biopsy
- Diagnose and treat endometriosis, ectopic pregnancy or pelvic inflammatory disease
- Remove fibroids
- Check for metastasis of cancer
- Perform a tubal ligation reversal
- Remove organs such as the uterus, one or both ovaries or fallopian tubes
- Determine the cause of pelvic pain
- Determine the cause of infertility
Laparoscopy is performed under general anesthesia and generally takes 30 to 90 minutes, depending on what is done during the procedure. Laparoscopic surgery significantly shortens a patient’s recovery time resulting in fewer complications as compared to traditional open surgery.