The benefits of laparoscopy over the traditional large abdominal incision are:
- much less post operative pain
- quicker recovery time, and
- better visualization at the time of surgery. In many instances, but not all, your physician can get closer to where he or she is working and do more precise surgery than when working through a big incision.
depends on the procedures that were performed. Some patients are able to return to work within several days after surgery, and others may require several weeks. Shoulder pain from the carbon dioxide gas is common. This gas is absorbed by your body over a 2-3 day period. Your throat may be sore from the endotracheal tube used with general anesthesia, and this usually resolves in a day or two.
Common laparoscopy surgeries
performed by gynecologists include:
- tubal ligation
- diagnosis and treatment of pelvic pain
- treatment of endometriosis
- removal of ovarian cysts
- removal of tubes and ovaries
- treatment of ectopic or tubal pregnancies
Advanced laparoscopy procedures
A few physicians perform more advanced procedures such as:
- removal of severe adhesions and scar tissue involving the intestine
- removal of extensive endometriosis
- Burch procedure to tack up the bladder
- suspension of the vagina when severe prolapse is present (sacral colpopexy)
- removal of fibroid tumors
- tubal reanastamosis (rejoining the tubes after a tubal ligation)
- hysterectomy involving removal of very large fibroids
- presacral neurectomy for treatment of severe midline menstrual pain
Occasionally procedures cannot be performed laparoscopically, even by those physicians who perform the more advanced procedures. If this is the case, a larger abdominal incision needs to be made to complete the surgery. It is appropriate to ask your physician how often he or she has to make a large incision. If you are having surgery and a large incision is planned, ask if there are any physicians in your area who are able to perform the surgery laparoscopically.
The information provided by Advanced Healthcare for Women and E. Daniel Biggerstaff, III, M.D. is for informational purposes only. As each woman is unique, do not rely on this information for diagnosis and treatment. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the content and advise that you see a qualified Health Care Professional for individual needs and care.