What are the advantages of diagnostic laparoscopy? Let’s take a look.
Advantages of Diagnostic Laparoscopy
Laparoscopy is a surgical, diagnostic procedure used to examine the organs inside the abdomen. It’s a low-risk, minimally invasive procedure that requires only small incisions.
A laparoscope is a slender, lighted telescope that allows your doctor to see inside your body. Diagnostic laparoscopy can determine whether you have certain conditions such as endometriosis or fibroids.
Why Choose Laparoscopy?
Laparoscopy is often used to identify and diagnose the source of pelvic or abdominal pain. It’s usually performed when noninvasive methods are unable to help with diagnosis. For the patient, laparoscopy has the advantage of avoiding large open wounds or incisions. It decreases blood loss, pain, and discomfort compared to surgery.
The main reasons for diagnostic laparoscopy are:
- unexplained pelvic pain
- unexplained infertility
- a history of pelvic infection
Conditions that might be diagnosed using laparoscopy include:
- uterine fibroids
- ovarian cysts or tumors
- ectopic pregnancy
- pelvic abscess, or pus
- pelvic adhesions, or painful scar tissue
- pelvic inflammatory disease
- reproductive cancers
Laparoscopy can be used for diagnosis, treatment, or both. A diagnostic procedure can sometimes turn into treatment.
About The Procedure
On the Day of the Laparoscopy
- Typically, you are asked not to drink or eat anything after midnight the night before the surgery.
- Take the drugs your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.
- Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital.
After The Laparoscopy
- Normally requires a 23-hour or less stay.
- Expect some swelling and soreness around the incisions during the first 24 to 48 hours.
- You may have some abdominal cramping, nausea, and increased urination.
- You may experience gas pains for about a day or so due to gas administered during the procedure. Walking will help relieve this pressure.
- You may notice a change in your bowel habits for a few days.
Recovery: What to Expect In The Next Few Weeks
- Most women feel better within the first week following laparoscopy. However, do not lift, push, or pull any heavy objects until after your doctor says it is OK.
- Do not resume sexual intercourse until your doctor says it is OK.
- Full recovery takes about two weeks to allow for internal healing.
- Some women have vaginal bleeding for a month after laparoscopy. This is normal.
- Your cycle may be off for a few weeks. Once it returns to normal, you may have heavier bleeding and more discomfort than usual.
- Full recovery takes up to four weeks to allow for internal healing.
What Do the Results Mean?
Your results may include diagnosing and/or treating one of the following conditions:
- Ovarian cysts
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
In some cases, your doctor may remove a piece of tissue to test for cancer.
Talk with your doctor about your results and diagnosis. Your physician will discuss treatment options and recommend the best treatment plan for you.
Do you have questions about the advantages of diagnostic laparoscopy and if it’s right for you? Contact our office to schedule an appointment. 479.285.9268