December 15, 2017

Patient Education

Laparoscopy

Laparoscopic surgery refers to surgery done through one or more small incisions, usually about one-half to one inch long.  This is also called minimally invasive surgery. Many problems which are traditionally treated with surgery through side to side (bikini) incisions or up and down (vertical) incisions can now be done in a way that offers less pain, a faster recovery and a more cosmetic scar.

When we perform this type of surgery, we usually bring you in to the hospital or surgery center on the morning of the procedure, and after you have had any necessary lab work and been seen by your doctor, you are taken to the operating room where you are given medication to put you to sleep.  Then we make one or more small incisions in your abdomen, fill your belly up with carbon dioxide gas and insert small instruments inside to perform the procedure, all while watching closely with a camera.

This type of surgery can be used to treat pelvic pain, infertility, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, scar tissue, fibroids, or even to perform a hysterectomy. Depending on exactly what is done, you will most likely be able to go home the same day or the next and will be back on your feet much faster than with traditional surgery. Your doctor will discuss with you if this is a good option for your specific circumstances.