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Pelvic laparoscopy is a surgical procedure that is performed to look at a woman’s reproductive organs. A laparoscope is used, a very thin and flexible tool that not only allows a medical professional to view the reproductive organs, but it can also record images. These images are saved to a patients file and allow a medical
WHY IS A PELVIC LAPAROSCOPY NEEDED?
Pelvic laparoscopy is commonly recommended for women who have already had X-rays performed and/or have undergone an ultrasound to find out the reason behind their discomfort and/or pelvic pain. When these two diagnostic tests are not able to determine the reason for a woman’s pelvic problems, then a pelvic laparoscopy is often the next best course of action. The procedure is often performed on an outpatient basis, but can take place in a hospital for close observation when certain laparoscopic procedures are performed, i.e. treating endometriosis.
COMMON REASONS FOR PELVIC LAPAROSCOPY
There are many reasons why a medical professional would require a woman to undergo a pelvic laparoscopy, with all of the reasons being directly related to improving her overall health. Common reasons why a woman would need to have a pelvic laparoscopy include:
- To find the reason why she is experiencing pain in her pelvic area
- To take a closer look at a tissue mass
- To confirm that endometriosis is present
- To confirm that pelvic inflammatory disease is present
- To look for any fallopian tube blockages that can lead to infertility issues
- To remove any ovarian cysts present
- To treat appendicitis
- To treat cancer
- To end an ectopic pregnancy
- To treat ovary torsion
- To treat rectal prolapse or vaginal prolapse
- To treat uterine fibroids
RECOVERING FROM A PELVIC LAPAROSCOPY PROCEDURE
How long recovery takes will depend on the reason for the procedure, the type of anesthesia used, the overall health of the patient, as well as their age when it comes to how long a woman can expect to recover. It will often only take a few days for most women to recover from their procedure, with other women needing to recover for a period of three or four weeks.
ARE YOU CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING PELVIC PAIN?
A pelvic laparoscopy may be necessary to figure out the reason behind your pelvic pain. If you happen to be experiencing minor pain in your pelvic area, know that your minor pelvic pain can turn into something more serious. This makes it essential for you to find out exactly what is going on now, as the sooner you find out what is happening in your pelvic area, the higher your chances of being successfully treated will be. We invite you to call us now to make an appointment so we can talk you through any anxieties you are experiencing or answer other questions you may have about the procedure.