Laparoscopy - Gynecology
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Gynecologic laparoscopy is an alternative to open surgery. It uses a laparoscope to look inside your pelvic area. Open surgery often requires a large incision.
A laparoscope is a slender, lighted telescope. It allows your doctor to see inside your body. Diagnostic laparoscopy can determine whether you have conditions such as endometriosis or fibroids. It can also be a form of treatment. With miniaturized instruments, your doctor can perform a variety of surgeries. These include:
ovarian cyst removal
tubal ligation, which is surgical contraception hysterectomy
Laparoscopy generally has a shorter healing time than open surgery. It also leaves smaller scars. A gynecologist, general surgeon, or another type of specialist may perform this procedure.
Reasons for gynecologic laparoscopy Laparoscopy can be used for diagnosis, treatment, or both. A diagnostic procedure can sometimes turn into treatment.
Some reasons for diagnostic laparoscopy are:
unexplained pelvic pain
a history of pelvic infection
Conditions that might be diagnosed using laparoscopy include:
ovarian cysts or tumors
pelvic abscess, or pus
pelvic adhesions, or painful scar tissue
pelvic inflammatory disease