Definition - What does Laparoscopy mean?

A laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure. The process utilizes a limited number of little incisions and the insertion of a small camera which allows the surgeon access to visual details of the body. A laparoscopy is completed as an alternative to a more invasive surgery, as it reduces the level of risk involved and the amount of recovery time required.

In cases of infertility, the laparoscopy is called a gynecologic laparoscopy. The cervix, uterus, and fallopian tubes may be inspected during the procedure to diagnose causes of infertility.

FertilitySmarts explains Laparoscopy

A laparoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows a surgeon to look into parts of the body, typically the pelvis or abdomen. The procedure requires that the patient be under general anesthesia, fully asleep. An incision is made, and a small tube is inserted into the body. A camera travels through the tube, which allows the physician to view the inside of the body, including the organs and surrounding areas, in a clear and detailed way.

Once the doctor is finished, the camera and tubes are removed, and the incision is stitched up and bandaged. The incision may be sore for several days. The laparoscopy is typically conducted in a hospital or clinic, but is usually considered an out-patient procedure.

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