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Dr. Arash Rahi
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Diagnostic Laparoscopy (Overview)

Using a laparoscope to look inside the abdominal / pelvic cavity to diagnose any ongoing issues.


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What is the definition or description of: diagnostic laparoscopy?

What is the definition or description of: diagnostic laparoscopy?

Using the camera: Using a laparoscope to look inside the abdominal / pelvic cavity to diagnose any ongoing issues. ...Read more

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Dr. Arash Rahi
33 doctors shared insights

Diagnostic Laparoscopy (Overview)

Using a laparoscope to look inside the abdominal / pelvic cavity to diagnose any ongoing issues.


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Expert opinions? Which anesthesia is usually used for a diagnostic laparoscopy?

Expert opinions? Which anesthesia is usually used for a diagnostic laparoscopy?

General anesthesia: Diagnostic laparoscopy involves small incisions and inflating the abdomen with CO2 so that the surgeon has room to examine and operate. This would be very uncomfortable if the patient wasn't completely asleep under general anesthesia. The abdominal muscles need to be completely relaxed for the patient's safety and for the surgeon to have good operating conditions. GA works very well. ...Read more

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Is anesthesia considered necessary for a diagnostic laparoscopy?

Yes: Typically, general anesthesia is needed with laparoscopic procedures since the surgeon needs to put a co2 (a gas) in the abdomen and breathing on your own can be impaired then. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's normal to wet the bed after a diagnostic laparoscopy for endometriosis?

Please advise if it's normal to wet the bed after a diagnostic laparoscopy for endometriosis?

Maybe: If it happens once or twice early in the postop period, in may be related to the general anesthesia affecting the bladder function. If it is persistent, or associated with a burning sensation, call your surgeon to have the urine checked for infection., Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Could it be healthy to wet the bed after a diagnostic laparoscopy for endometriosis?

Not really...: Leakage of urine after surgery could be related to many different issues. Some women experience a slow return to normal bladder function after surgery and anesthesia. This usually resolves within 24 hours. However, persistence of urinary problems after surgery should be addressed immediately as they could signal a bigger problem such as infection or trauma to the bladder. ...Read more

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Doctor is worried I might have appendicitis but is not sure. Wants to do a diagnostic laparoscopy. Can this help?

Doctor is worried I might have appendicitis but is not sure. Wants to do a diagnostic laparoscopy. Can this help?

Yes, but...: Appendicitis, with rare exception, is an acute process that, left untreated, will lead to rupture. It would be highly unusual to have to do exploratory surgery for appendicitis since ct scans are very sensitive tests. Furthermore, this would need to be done on an emergency basis, usually not lending itself to online inquiries. ...Read more

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Still in pain 4days after a diagnostic laparoscopy is this normal??soreness all below ribs and in shoulder blades

Still in pain 4days after a diagnostic laparoscopy is this normal??soreness all below ribs and in shoulder blades

Yes: You expected to have incisional pain, also the air they out inside can cause referred pain to shoulder, that takes 3 days or so to go away. Otherwise- about a week to return to almost normal, may be with a bit of soreness. ...Read more

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Swollen damaged ovaries and tubes discovered after a diagnostic laparoscopy. What next?

Swollen damaged ovaries and tubes discovered after a diagnostic laparoscopy. What next?

Damaged tubes: Sounds most consistent with an infection. Depends on how severely damage the tubes are and how much scar tissue was present. Surgery may be helpful but in vitro fertilization may possibly be your only chance of pregnancy. ...Read more

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How long will I need to recover from a diagnostic laparoscopy? And return to nursing assistant job?

How long will I need to recover from a diagnostic laparoscopy? And return to nursing assistant job?

It depends on: what they do. A diagnostic lap in itself just means putting a camera to look inside the abdominal cavity. If that is all they do, then you should have a very short recovery time. Usually no heavy lifting is recommend for 2 weeks (nothing > 15-20lbs). Often more is done than just looking, and the length of recovery depends on what else is done (bowel resection, lysis of adhesions, etc). Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Laparoscopy (Definition)

Laparoscopy is also known as Laparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopy involves placement of a small camera-scope into the abdominal cavity, most often at the belly button. This allows us to see and surgically rx many abdominal and pelvic diseases. This is combined with distinction of the abd cavity with co2 gas to create more space to work. This usually requires a general anesthetic, yet most people can go ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
2,048 doctors shared insights

Laparoscopic Surgery (Definition)

Laparoscopy is a form of less invasive abdominal or pelvic surgery that uses instruments placed inside ...Read more