Dr. Yuvakshi Juneja is an expert in Total Hysterectomy (TLH), myomectomy, cystectomy, recanalization, prolapse repair, hysteroscopic tubal cannulation and sythiolysis.
What is a laparoscope?
Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure that lets a doctor see inside the abdomen and evaluate the health of the uterus, fallopian tubes and the ovary. It also helps them detect any abnormalities that might contribute to pregnancy risks. The most common ones being endometriosis, pelvic adhesions, ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids.
The laparoscopy process
Performed under general anaesthesia, laparoscopy is a surgery where a surgeon makes a small cut in your navel to insert a laparoscope. The device then transmits images to a screen, giving the doctor a clear view of the organs.
If the purpose is only a diagnosis, the doctor will use the process only to check the health of your organs. But if you need a surgery, other incisions are made using the laparoscope as the guide. A doctor can perform multiple surgeries on the patient, including:
- Tubal ligation
- Ovarian cyst removal
Once the procedure is over, all the instruments are removed. The incisions are then closed with stitches and in most cases, you’re allowed to go home on the same day. Although, you do need to give yourself some time to recover.
Laparoscopic surgeries have a shorter healing time than open surgeries, and are also known to leave minimal scars.
When should you go for laparoscopy?
Laparoscopy is used for both diagnosis and treatment. But it isn’t necessarily the route you need to take. You should go for a laparoscopy in cases of an unexplained pelvic pain, a history of pelvic infection or unexplained infertility despite going through all the examinations on the doctor’s advice.
The conditions for which laparoscopy diagnosis is recommended, includes:
- Uterine fibroids
- Ovarian cysts and tumors
- Reproductive cancers
- Pelvic inflammatory diseases
- Ectopic pregnancy