Laparoscopic surgery has gained a lot of popularity among surgeons and patients for successfully treating gynecologic diseases such as ectopic pregnancy removal and endometriosis treatment. The primary advantages of this procedure include a faster recovery, shorter hospitalization, minimal post-operative pain, and less bleeding.
A laparoscopy, also called “band-aid” surgery, is a minimally invasive and simple procedure that allows your surgeon to examine the pelvic organs, including your uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.
Under general anesthesia, a fine needle will be inserted through a small slit in your umbilicus (belly button). Then, the doctor will inflate your abdomen with a small amount of carbon dioxide to facilitate placing the laparoscope (a long tube with a camera on one end) into your abdominal wall.
If you have a laparoscopy performed to treat a medical condition rather than an examination, one or two minor incisions may also be required over your abdomen or just above your pubic area.
Is it painful?
The gas used to inflate the abdomen can cause cramping and shoulder/back pain in some women, but this usually only lasts a few days.
What Are The Benefits Of Laparoscopic Gynecology?
Operating using small incisions lowers post-operative pain, which indicates that patients can return home the day of surgery or the following morning. You may also resume everyday activities immediately, though, in certain situations, some intensive workouts may be prohibited during the first few weeks following surgery.
Additionally, undergoing surgery laparoscopes minimizes the risk of developing interior scar tissue (adhesions) following surgery. These adhesions can cause discomfort for some individuals and may result in bowel obstructions. Moreover, laparoscopic surgery reduces the chances of developing adhesions since it doesn’t use sponges or retractors, and the inner tissues are not exposed to the outdoor temperature.
Many operations are easier to perform using laparoscopes as the internal organs are magnified and displayed on a huge television screen.
Why Do I Need Laparoscopic Gynecology?
You may undergo a laparoscopy to diagnose or treat a medical condition, such as:
This is when the endometrium tissue that usually grows in conjunction with the womb wall grows outside of it. It is frequently discovered on the ovaries and tissues supporting the womb and will result in damaged tissue and pelvic discomfort if left untreated.
Your surgeon will remove the endometrium tissue using a laser connected to the laparoscope or a diathermy device that melts or cauterizes tissue.
- Ovarian Cysts
Cysts are liquid sacs that can induce pelvic pain, and they usually resolve on their own. However, cysts that disrupt menstrual periods or fertilization or cause discomfort during intercourse can be removed via a small abdomen incision with a laparoscope.
Fibroids are relatively harmless growths that occur either inside or outside the uterus. While most fibroids are noncancerous, a very small percentage are cancerous. Fibroids can be painful or result in excessive bleeding, and laparoscopy can be used to remove them.
- Ectopic pregnancy
If the fertilized egg is implanted inside the fallopian tube during pregnancy, the mother may risk bleeding, developing into a life-threatening situation. When hormone therapy or other medications are unable or have failed to treat an ectopic pregnancy, laparoscopic surgery may be the best option! Your doctor will place an intravenous cannula attached with a camera near or below the navel to take out the fertilized cells. The fallopian tube may also potentially be repaired or removed by the surgeon.
Laparoscopic Sacrocolpopexy is a non-intrusive procedure used to realign a prolapsed or retracted organ in the pelvis. This operation keeps the bladder, intestines, and sacral promontory intact. It can treat prolapsed vaginal walls, cervix, or uterus in older women.
Laparoscopic surgery can be used for a variety of procedures, including tubal sterilization and hysterectomy. This procedure can help remove the uterus from the body via small incisions in the abdomen or the vagina.
The Ob/Gyn Department at Novomed is more than happy to provide you with additional information on laparoscopic gynecology. If you have any concerns about the surgical procedures we offer, don’t hesitate to contact us for free from anywhere in the UAE!