Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique using a laparoscope, which is a long, thin tube with a light and camera at the end of it. Pelvic laparoscopy is a procedure, also known as exploratory laparoscopy or gynecologic laparoscopy, used to closely examine reproductive organs and treat pain and diseases found in the abdominal area. Some conditions that may be treated with pelvic laparoscopy are tubal ligation, endometriosis excision, and uterine fibroid removal. Pelvic laparoscopy offers some advantages in that there is usually a quicker recovery time, less anesthesia during the procedure, and less post-surgery pain.
The surgeon starts by making small incisions near the navel or lower abdomen. The abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide to lift the abdominal wall away from close organs. This makes it easier for the doctor to perform the surgery. When ready, the laparoscope is put through one of the small incisions. The laparoscope’s camera sends photos to a video screen, helping to guide the surgeon. The surgeon also uses the camera to take images of any concerning areas discovered during the procedure.
Once the procedure is over you will be taken to a room to comfortably wake from the anesthesia. In most cases, patients can return home after a few hours. Do not be alarmed if you notice vaginal discharge. That is normal and you may ask a nurse for a sanitary pad. You will be released once you are stable. Most patients are able to return to light activity in a few days. Most patients reach full recovery and can return to full activity after one week. Make sure to follow your doctor’s recommendation because each patient is different.
If you are experiencing abdominal pain, contact your doctor. If you need a procedure to treat symptoms, please call the Surgery Center of Fort Collins for more information. We do perform pelvic laparoscopy for patients, and they are often more affordable and less stressful to have done at our ambulatory surgery center as opposed to in a hospital setting. Call 970-821-8634 for more information or to schedule an appointment.