Laparoscopy

Frequently Asked Questions

A specific equipment called a laparoscope is used in laparoscopic surgery. A laparoscope is a long, thin instrument that is introduced into the belly through a tiny incision. It is equipped with a camera that allows the specialist to observe the abdomen and pelvic organs on a monitor.

Laparoscopy is used to diagnose and treat the following medical conditions:

  • Endometriosis
  • Genital Tuberculosis
  • Fibroids
  • Ovarian Cyst
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Pelvic floor disorders & Uterine anomalies
  • Some types of cancer can also be removed using laparoscopy

The risks are similar for laparoscopic but there is always a possibility that the surgeon cannot complete the procedure laparoscopically and a larger incision may be needed. However, the risk is small, as are the risks of bleeding, infection, damage to the bladder, bowel, blood vessels and ureters.

Recovery is based on the surgery and the patient. Patients are instructed to avoid intercourse, baths, douching, strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for around one week. Many patients choose to return to work in 2-3 days, provided their job is not physically strenuous.

You may experience any of these symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Scratchy throat
  • Uterine cramping
  • Shoulder pain from the gas used during laparoscopy
  • Feeling bloated or gassy
  • Vaginal bleeding or discharge

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