Laparoscopy enables a surgeon to access the abdomen’s (or “tummy”) and pelvis’ interior without making significant skin incisions.
Uses of laparoscopy
Laparoscopy can diagnose illnesses inside the abdomen or pelvis via laparoscopy. Additionally, the service is to perform surgical procedures, such as removing an ailing or damaged organ or a tissue sample for further investigation.
- Most frequently, laparoscopy aids in studying and caring for illnesses affecting the female reproductive system, known as gynecology.
- The study and care of disorders affecting the digestive system are known as gastroenterology.
- The study of and care for urinary system conditions is known as urology.
Preparations before laparoscopy
- The night before the surgery, avoid eating, drinking (even water), and smoking after midnight
- On the day of operation, put on low-heeled shoes. Due to the anesthesia, you get to be dizzy and unsteady on your feet
- Take off your jewelry
- Put on comfortable clothing. After surgery, you can experience some cramping and abdominal soreness
- You have nail paint removed before surgery
Laparoscopy takes place under general anesthesia, and you won’t experience any pain.
The surgeon makes one or more small incisions in the abdomen during laparoscopy. These incisions enable the surgeon to enter the laparoscope, tiny surgical instruments, and a tube for inflating the abdomen with gas. As a result, the surgeon can operate and scan the area more easily.
After the treatment, gas in the abdomen is made accessible, and incisions get stitched together with a dressing.
Even though you might have to spend the night in the hospital after your laparoscopy, you can usually return home the following day.
Complications of laparoscopy
According to estimates, 1 to 2 cases out of every 100 involving laparoscopy will experience minor problems.
They consist of:
- A small amount of bleeding and bruises around the wound
- You might experience illness and vomiting
Reviewed by – Dr. Priyanka, MBBS MD Microbiology
Page last reviewed: 16 JULY 2022