Many surgical procedures that used to be performed through larger abdominal incisions are now performed laparoscopically. With quicker recovery time, very small scars, and excellent outcomes, laparoscopy can have you back to your normal activities within a few weeks compared to the months sometimes needed to recover from open surgery.
In laparoscopic surgery, an instrument called a laparoscope is inserted into the pelvic and abdominal cavities to diagnose and treat gynecologic disorders. Carbon dioxide gas is introduced to provide visualization of the internal organs. A camera is attached to guide the surgeon and to document the findings with photographs.
Laparoscopy has many uses, including the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, fibroid tumors, infertility, and ovarian cysts.
Some laparoscopic procedures include:
- Gynecologic cancer staging
- Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus with or without the cervix)
- Myomectomy (removal of fibroids)
- Sterilization (tubal ligation)
- Tubal reanastomosis
Benefits of laparoscopy include:
- Less pain after laparoscopic surgery than with open abdominal surgery. Open abdominal surgeries require longer hospital stays, larger incisions, and a longer recovery period than laparoscopic surgery.
- Faster recovery time
- Less risk of infection
- Less blood loss
- Sometimes done in an outpatient setting, so you won’t have to spend the night in the hospital
- Smaller incisions mean less scarring and faster healing time
Because laparoscopic surgery eliminates the need for large abdominal incisions, the recovery time is extremely fast. Even with hysterectomy procedures, most women are back to normal activities within a few weeks.
Not all gynecologic conditions can be treated with laparoscopy. Very large tumors or masses may need open surgery. Extensive endometriosis can also be very difficult to treat laparoscopically because of associated adhesions (scar tissue), which can involve the adjacent bowel, bladder, ureters, etc. Adhesions cannot be diagnosed with sonography or CT scans, so an operation may start with the laparoscope and end with an open procedure, if extensive adhesive disease is present.
It is important to choose a surgeon who has experience in advanced laparoscopy to properly evaluate you for this type of procedure. Doctors Strebel, Grolle, and Perez have the experience you can rely on when you need gynecological surgery in the Las Vegas area.