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Laparoscopy is a procedure used to examine the organs of the abdomen and pelvis and treat conditions using minimally invasive surgery. Laparoscopy uses a laparoscope, a thin tube containing a video camera. The laparoscope is placed through a small incision in the abdomen and captures images that surgeons view on a monitor in the OR during the procedure. Several other small tubes may also be placed in the abdomen during the procedure that are used for introducing different instruments needed to perform surgical procedures.

Reasons for having laparoscopy

Laparoscopy provides your surgeon a direct view of the abdominal organs and structures without the need for major surgery, and avoids large incisions and in general, long recovery times.

Gynecologic laparoscopy may be used to diagnose and treat fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and other conditions. 

Many surgical procedures that required major surgery in the past can be done through laparoscopy. For the patient, this advance means that the surgery can be performed with smaller incisions, less anesthesia, less scarring, and shorter and easier recovery periods. There may be other reasons for your physician to recommend a laparoscopy.

Recovery Process