Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure that involves making one, two, or three small incisions in the abdomen, through which Dr. Abaé inserts a laparoscope and specialized surgical instruments. A laparoscope is a thin, fiber-optic tube fitted with a light and miniature camera. The camera sends an image to a monitor in the operating room.
This allows your surgeon to see the targeted organs clearly, such as the uterus, ovaries, and other female reproductive organs. Specially designed surgical instruments can also be inserted through these small incisions. Dr. Abaé may be able to treat certain conditions that may be causing infertility, such as scar tissue caused by endometriosis.
Laparoscopy is performed under general anesthesia, meaning you’ll be asleep for the surgery. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Abaé makes a small incision around your belly button. Through this incision, a needle is inserted that fills your abdomen with carbon dioxide gas. This provides room for him to see the organs and move the surgical instruments as necessary.
Once your abdomen is filled with gas, Dr. Abaé places the laparoscope through the incision to view your pelvic organs and remove scar tissue or fibroids, or to treat other conditions causing infertility. Laparoscopy is an outpatient procedure, and most patients are able to return home the same day after a period of monitoring in the recovery room.
One major benefit is the reduced incision size required for laparoscopic surgery compared with traditional surgery. For traditional or open surgery, the doctor often has to make an incision that’s several centimeters in length and then pull back skin, muscle, and other tissue to get a good view of the pelvic organs.
Open surgery typically requires a longer hospital stay. The overall recovery period is longer, too, since a larger incision takes longer to heal than the small incisions used with the laparoscopic method. Some conditions, such as mild to moderate endometriosis or scar tissue buildup, require surgery to diagnose and treat. Laparoscopic surgery offers a less invasive method of diagnosing and treating these issues with one procedure.
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