A laparoscopy is an operation used to look inside your abdomen to diagnose certain problems related to the reproductive organs. A thin instrument called a laparoscope (similar to a telescope) is inserted through a tiny cut in your belly button to help us examine and operate (if needed) in your abdomen without making large cuts. Common reasons for undergoing a laparoscopy include the assessment of painful or heavy periods, pelvic pain (as may occur with endometriosis or adhesions), pelvic masses (such as ovarian cysts) or as assessment of fertility. Laparoscopy is often performed as a day procedure.
Laparoscopy and minimally invasive surgical techniques provide the patient with a number of important advantages like more rapid recovery; reduced pain; and, smaller scars.
The procedure of Laparoscopy is undertaken for the following:
- Removal of the tubes or ovaries
- Removal of cysts or other tumours in the pelvis
- Treatment of endometriosis
- Treatment of prolapse
- Assessment of pain
- Assessment of infertility