A laparoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure, meaning only small incisions are made in the abdominal area. This will allow our doctors to conduct diagnostic assessments and surgical procedures with a better overview of the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries and other pelvic organs in real-time.
The procedure is performed under anaesthesia and usually takes around 45 minutes to an hour depending on the condition at hand. An instrument known as a laparoscope – a slender instrument with a fiber-optic light and a camera on one end, is introduced through the a fore mentioned incisions into the pelvic cavity and gases such as carbon dioxide or nitrous oxide is introduced into the region that would allow the abdomen to inflate a little, along with the use of a second instrument such as a probe that may be introduced next, giving the physician a better view of the organs inside to a video monitor in the operating room for the physician. Upon completing the necessary procedures, the physician will suture up the incisions with stitches and the patient is then taken to the recovery room.
WHAT ARE THE USES OF A LAPAROSCOPE IN A FERTILITY SETTING?
When diagnostic tests provide inconclusive results for infertility or any other problems within the reproductive cavity, laparoscopic procedures can be performed to give a better insight for the physician about the problem that would help with planning the next course of treatment for the patient. Some problems such as endometriosis and fibroids are treated during these procedures.
The other uses of laparoscopic procedures at our facility for treating or assessing the following:
- Perform a biopsy of suspect growths or cysts that may hamper fertility
- Pelvic pain
- Removal of scar tissue
- Unexplained infertility
- Painful menses
- Pain during intercourse
- Repair of the fallopian tubes
- Removal of fibroids
- To open the fallopian tubes
- Removal of cysts
- Treating pelvic adhesions
- Removal of fallopian tubes
ARE THERE ANY RISKS INVOLVED?
Being a minimally invasive process, there’s very little room for risks and even if so, it affects merely 1-2% of the patients who undergo laparoscopic treatment. However, some patients may experience some major side effects or risks that may include the following:
- An allergic reaction
- Blood clots
- Nerve damage
- Swelling due to blood outside a vessel
- A small amount of vaginal bleeding
- Developing an infection
- Bowel, stomach, bladder or major blood vessels may be damaged during the procedure.