Laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, bloodless surgery, as it is often called, is performed by the physicians at the Women’s Health Center. Laparoscopic surgery is an effective treatment approach for a number of conditions including ovarian cysts, ectopic pregnancies, and pelvic pain. Additional procedures such as tubal sterilization utilize laparoscopic surgical techniques as well.
Laparoscopic surgery is an attractive alternative to more invasive measures where larger incisions are the norm. Laparoscopic surgery is performed using a laparoscope, a lighted viewing instrument that is inserted through a small incision. Similar instruments inserted through the same incision or through adjacent incisions may be used to biopsy, cut, or trim tissue as needed. While the laparoscopic technique was historically used as a diagnostic tool, its usefulness as a surgical approach has resulted in excellent outcomes for patients.
Generally, patients report less pain, faster recovery times, and smaller scars from laparoscopic surgery when compared to other surgical methods. While recovery times are certainly dependent upon a variety of individual patient factors, laparoscopic surgery typically allows patients to return to their normal activities within a shorter timeframe.
As with any medical procedure, you should discuss questions and concerns regarding fertility and long-term results with your Women’s Health Center physician. Surgery can be an intimidating event, and we are here to alleviate as much of that stress and preemptive anxiety as possible.