The laparoscope is a small, telescope-like instrument used to visualize the fallopian tubes, uterus, ovaries, and other internal organs/structures. It is inserted into the abdomen through small incisions on the skin.
A laparoscopy is usually an outpatient procedure. Most patients experience minimal discomfort and speedy recovery times.
Is the procedure painful?
Laparoscopic procedures are associated with significantly less pain than surgeries performed through a laparotomy (open) incision. With laparoscopy, the incisions are in the range of 5-10 mm in length. It is usually performed under general anesthesia, and patients return home the same day. Most patients return to normal activities within a few days.
What types of procedures may be performed with laparoscopy?
There are numerous fertility and non-fertility procedures that may be performed through laparoscopy. Laparoscopy may be performed to treat endometriosis or scar tissue in the pelvis or fallopian tubes. It may be performed to determine whether the fallopian tubes are open. Removal of fibroids in the muscle of the uterus can occasionally be removed through the laparoscope.
There are many non-fertility procedures that may be performed by laparoscopy. Removal of a cyst on the ovary can often be performed via laparoscopy. The physicians at PCRM are experienced with performing a variety of gynecologic procedures through the laparoscope, including: hysterectomies (removal of the uterus), incontinence procedures, and the repair of pelvic organs prolapse. PCRM has been a vocal pioneer in the province of out-patient hysterectomy procedures (laparoscopic subtotal hysterectomy) which is considered to be the least invasive and safest form of hysterectomy when required.
If I need a surgical procedure for a gynecological or fertility concern, how will I know if it should be done laparoscopically?
Not all gynecologic procedures can be performed laparoscopically. At the time of consultation, the appropriate procedure can be discussed between you and your physician.
What is Mini-Incision Surgery?
Mini-incision surgery (sometimes known as Mini-Laparotomy) is a technique whereby an extensive surgical procedure can be done via a very tiny (two- to three-inch) incision.