State-of-the-art laparoscopic procedures diagnose and treat many gynecologic problems. The OB/GYNs at Cary OB/GYN in Morrisville and Cary, North Carolina, are all highly trained and skilled in laparoscopic procedures, which means shorter procedures, less pain, and faster healing for you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at the office nearest you.
Laparoscopy Q & A
What is a laparoscopic procedure?
In a laparoscopic procedure, your Cary OB/GYN uses a laparoscope, a long and thin tool that includes a lighted camera, to view your inner abdominal cavity.
Your OB/GYN makes a tiny incision (typically less than half-an-inch) around your navel and inserts the laparoscope. Through a laparoscope, your OB/GYN can see all of your reproductive organs in detail on a nearby monitor.
If you need treatment, for example, fibroid removal or adhesion (scar tissue) removal, your OB/GYN may need to create a couple more tiny navel area incisions and use specialized surgical tools to remove the tissue. Sometimes, the entire procedure including tissue removal can be done through one incision, which is called single-site laparoscopy.
When do I need a laparoscopy?
Your Cary OB/GYN doctor may recommend a laparoscopy if you have ongoing pelvic pain, chronic infections, or infertility. Through a diagnostic laparoscopy, your OB/GYN can often identify the problem and possibly treat it as well.
What kind of problems can laparoscopy identify?
Some of the most common conditions identified during a laparoscopy include:
- Uterine fibroids
- Ovarian cysts
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Pelvic organ prolapse
Depending on your diagnosis, your OB/GYN can often treat the problem during the same procedure. For example, if your OB/GYN finds that endometrial growths are the likely cause of your pain and infertility, they can remove the growths right away. If you have an ectopic pregnancy, your OB/GYN can remove it safely during laparoscopy.
What are the advantages of laparoscopic procedures?
Laparoscopic procedures have many advantages when you compare them to traditional abdominal surgery. Traditional abdominal surgery requires large incisions that sometimes span your whole abdomen. Large incisions mean longer procedures, more pain, and a longer healing period.
Laparoscopic procedures offer the following advantages.
- Outpatient (you go home the same day)
- Tiny incisions
- Smaller scars
- Less pain
- Minimal bleeding
- Shorter recovery overall
Overall, laparoscopic procedures have very clear advantages for you as the patient, so that’s why the Cary OB/GYN team completed advanced training in OB/GYN laparoscopy.
All of the doctors at Cary OB/GYN are highly skilled in laparoscopy, and they look forward to helping you solve problems through minimally invasive means. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at the office nearest you.
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