Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure that is conducted on patients to examine the organs inside the abdomen. The procedure is also known as diagnostic laparoscopy. It is a well regarded operative [procedure due to its low risk, less invasive and small incisions and cuts made on the patient. It is for this reason this surgical procedure are preferred by doctors and patients alike.

The Procedure

An instrument called a laparoscope is used to conduct laparoscopy and examine the abdominal organs and inner tissues. A laproscope is a long and thin tube that is inserted in your body through small incisions. There is a high intensity light attached to the tube and a high-resolution camera that helps the surgeon to guide his/her way into the abdomen, with the help of a monitor, on which the image is projected. This is an extremely useful procedure as it allows you doctor to get a real time imagery of the inside of your body without having to conduct an open surgery. Moreover, your doctor can collect biopsy sample, if necessary, using this procedure.

Why Undergo Laparoscopy?

There are a number of reasons why a laparoscopic surgery is performed. It helps to find and identify the reason behind a continuous pelvic or abdominal pain. Your doctor will advise you for a laparoscopic surgery if all kinds of non-invasive treatment methods failed to bear a result.

Laparoscopy is performed on a patient when imaging techniques like ultrasound, CT scan, X rays, MRI scan and other techniques fail to show the main cause for the pain or the trouble. When these tests provide less or no information, you have to then undergo laparoscopic surgery, for the doctor can gain more insight into the problem and can conduct a biopsy of the sample tissue or tumor extracted from the abdomen.

Your doctor will suggest you to undergo a laparoscopic treatment to gain a thorough understanding of these abdominal organs: appendix, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, small intestine and large intestine (colon), spleen, stomach, pelvic or reproductive organs. For gynecological laparoscopy the scope includes ovarian cyst removal, tubal ligation, which is surgical contraception and hysterectomy

It is through a diagnosis of these organs, your doctor may be able to detect whether you have,

  • A mass or tumor in your abdomen
  • Accumulated fluid in the abdominal cavity
  • A liver disease or cirrhosis
  • Whether a treatment has been effective or not
  • The degree of progression of cancerous cells

These are some of the reasons your doctor might suggest you to undergo a laparoscopic surgery. It is through careful consideration that he/she will arrive to such a step and maybe because all other procedure failed to bear any result. Laparoscopy is a very minimally invasive surgery hence the recovery time as well as the whole surgery procedure is completed quickly and swiftly. The recovery is comparatively very little and you can resume your normal life within a week or two. Whether you have ovarian cysts, endometriosis fibroid or adhesions, laparoscopic surgeries are becoming the new medical norm as doctors tend to avoid open surgery in order to minimize any risk and complications.


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