Laparoscopic surgery is a type of surgical procedure that is performed on the abdominal region through minimally-invasive means. With laparoscopy, very small incisions are made in order for surgical instruments to reach the target area. Alternately, a thin tube that is lighted may be placed through an incision for diagnostic means. There are many advantages to this type of procedure, as abdominal surgery and testing can be highly uncomfortable with difficult recovery times.
Reasons for Laparoscopic Surgery
Laparoscopy is commonly used in several capacities. As a diagnostic tool, it is beneficial for locating abdominal growths, determining the existence of conditions that hinder pregnancy such as fibroids and confirming damage to internal organs. Conditions such as ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis can be diagnosed through laparoscopic methods. In addition, biopsies can be performed in this manner. Some surgical treatments can be performed with laparoscopic surgery. Tumors or cysts can be removed, as can hernias.
How It’s Performed
General anesthesia is typically used for most laparoscopic procedures. Depending on your type of treatment, various pre-operative measures may be taken. During the actual procedure, one or more small incisions will be made in order to provide access for diagnostic tools or other instruments. A laparoscope, a thin lighted tube, will be inserted for diagnostics or other tools will be used as needed for a particular treatment. Upon completion of your procedure, the incisions will be closed.
What to Expect
When general anesthesia is used, you can expect to feel nothing during the procedure, as you will be fully asleep. The length of the treatment will depend on what you are having done, among other factors. You can expect a recovery period. Make sure to follow our team’s instructions regarding healing during this time.
Learn More During a Consultation
Laparoscopic surgery provides advantages to other procedures such as a shortened and easier recovery, faster surgery time and fewer side effects. Schedule a consultation at the office of Dr. Sherry Thomas to determine if this type of procedure is right for your surgical or diagnostic needs. Our office is located in Agoura Hills. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more!