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Pelvic Laparoscopy: A Safe, Effective Means of Diagnosis

Laparoscopy is a conservative surgical procedure that enables doctors to view the reproductive organs and assess fertility. This procedure is an alternative to open surgery and can minimize pain, recovery time, and the risk of infection. At our offices around Los Angeles, CA, Dr. Vicken Sahakian , Dr. Michele Evans , and Dr. Yvonne Yanqing Han can perform laparoscopy to diagnose conditions such as endometriosis, ectopic pregnancy, and pelvic inflammatory disease. We can also use a laparoscope during the treatment of ovarian cysts and tubal ligation.

Uses of Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is frequently used to diagnose the source of pelvic pain in the abdomen. It can also be used as a form of treatment for certain conditions. Laparoscopy is typically performed when noninvasive diagnostic methods, such as ultrasound or MRI, do not provide enough information for diagnosis. You may need to undergo a laparoscopy so your doctor can:
Diagnose and treat chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), or infertility
Remove ovarian cysts, uterine polyps, or ectopic pregnancy
Treat disorders such as incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, or certain types of cancer
If your doctor does recommend a laparoscopy, they will provide you with specific instructions to follow prior to your procedure. Keep in mind that you will need a friend or loved one to drive you to and from your appointment.
This procedure is an alternative to open surgery and can minimize pain, recovery time, and the risk of infection.

The Procedure

Laparoscopy is typically performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, a thin device with a light and camera (laparoscope) is inserted through a small incision at or near the navel. The laparoscope enables your doctor to clearly view your organs and assess areas of concern. Once complete, your doctor can close the incisions with sutures.

What to Expect during Recovery

You may feel tired and groggy after your procedure, though this should wear off in a matter of hours. Laparoscopy is usually performed on an outpatient basis, meaning patients are discharged from the hospital the same day as their surgery. For the first few days after the procedure, you may experience:
Abdominal bloating
Discomfort around the incision sites
Shoulder pain
If you experience severe abdominal pain or a fever of 101 degrees or higher, you should contact your doctor right away, as this may be a sign of complications.

Laparoscopy Results

If your doctor performed a biopsy during the procedure, the tissue will be examined by a pathologist. After reviewing the report, your doctor can recommend the most effective treatment for your needs.

Benefits of Laparoscopy

As compared to open surgery, laparoscopy can result in:
Less pain and inflammation
Faster recovery time
Smaller incisions
Reduced risk of infection and complications

Contact Us to Learn More

If you need laparoscopy, you can trust our team at Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles to perform the procedure safely. We prioritize your comfort and will do everything we can to ensure you feel confident throughout treatment. To learn more, we invite you to call us at one of our locations or complete our online form to schedule your appointment.