pelvic laparoscopy

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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 pelvic diseases. This is combined with distention of the abd cavity with CO2 gas to create more space to work. This usually requires a general anesthetic, yet most people can go home the same day.
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What is pelvic laparoscopy?

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... the pelvis with fiberoptic scopes and cameras under anesthesia. It is a powerful tool to diagnose and treat pelvic disease in women.
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How long does the pelvic laparoscopy take?

Depends

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A laparoscopy is a minimally invasive technique used for many different operations from a simple tubal ligation to a complex hysterectomy. Other operations include ectopic pregnancies, excision of ovarian cysts, removal of tubes or ovaries, removal of fibroids, lysis of adhesions, sacrocolpopexy, or excision of endometriosis. The surgical time depends on the complexity of the operation.
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Has anyone died from a pelvic laparoscopy?

Rarely

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Laparoscopy is real surgery in spite of the small incisions used to perform it. Blood vessels and bowels can be injured resulting in hemorrhage and infection. Fortunately, laparoscopy has become safer thanks to associations as the AAGL and new training techniques for surgeons.
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Who does diagnostic pelvic laparoscopy exam?

Gynecologist

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Most commonly this is done by a Gynecologist. It can also be done by a general surgeon.
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What can I expect from a pelvic laparoscopy?

Diagnosis or cure

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Pelvic laparoscopy is done for a diagnosis of disease or for treatment of known condition, speak to your gyn surgeon .
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Dr. George T Tsai answered:

How long is recovery from pelvic laparoscopy?

It depends

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For simple diagnostic laparoscopy - including some division of scar tissue, it is an outpatient procedure that you can recover from within a few days - if there is no complication.
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Do i need to be out for a pelvic laparoscopy?

Yes

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Pelvic Laparoscopy requires relaxation of the abdominal wall. This is best accomplished with general anesthesia, or being completely out.
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What is the definition or description of: Pelvic laparoscopy?

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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 pelvic diseases. This is combined with distention of the abd cavity with CO2 gas to create more space to work. This usually requires a general anesthetic, yet most people can go home the same day.
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Dr. Hugo D. Ribot answered:

I might have endometriosis. will i have diagnosis if a pelvic laparoscopy?

Only way to confirm

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Visualization via laparoscopy is actually the ONLY way to confirm the diagnosis of endometriosis. Ideally this will be accompanied by EXCISION - that is, the "cutting out" - of the abnormal tissue for confirmation by the pathologist.
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Do I have to bring someone along, or can I drive after the pelvic laparoscopy?

Need someone!

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For any surgery, even a day surgery, you will need someone to drive you home. The after effects of anesthesia or discomfort make it too dangerous to drive. A friend or family member can also be helpful to remember conversations with the doctor, post-op instructions with the nursing staff, and can help you with filling any prescriptions.
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