Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive technique that involves the physician making two to three small incisions in the abdomen and placing camera inside the abdomen. To evaluate the abdominal a small amount of air is introduced into the abdominal cavity to make it easier and safer for the surgeon to navigate the small space. Other instruments may be introduced through the other small incisions to allow the surgeon to see and operate.
Laparoscopy is used for the management of pain, infertility, endometriosis, sterilization, and ectopic pregnancy. When couple to the da Vinci Robotic System more involved procedure such as myomectomy, hysterectomy, tubal anastomosis and pelvic floor reconstruction can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Compared to traditional abdominal surgeries, laparoscopic surgeries result in less pain, faster healing times and shorter hospital stays. While any surgery bears the the risk of bleeding, infection or anesthesia, the most common complaint is the gas pains caused by the air introduced into the abdominal cavity during the procedure. This pain normally subsides within a few days and most women can more quickly resume a normal routine.
Laparoscopic procedures are not indicated for every patient so talk to your doctor about what type of surgical approach is best for you.
All surgical procedures pose some risk to the patient, it is important to understand your risk and discuss your concerns with your doctor.