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A laparoscopy is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure, which allows a physician to perform complex procedures using only 2-3 small incisions in the belly button and the lower abdomen. During this procedure, the abdomen is inflated with gas (carbon dioxide). This creates more space in the abdominal area and allows your physician to evaluate the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes more easily. As well, the appendix, liver, and gallbladder can also be seen.

A laparoscopy can be beneficial in a variety of patients.

Examples include patients with painful periods or intercourse, unexplained infertility, and patients with a history of prior pelvic infection or surgery. As well, patients with persistent ovarian cysts, blocked fallopian tubes, or tubal pregnancy may also be candidates for laparoscopy.

Prior to your laparoscopy, you will have a pre-operative appointment to discuss your surgery in detail with your physician and make sure that all of your questions are answered prior to your scheduled surgery.

Laparoscopy is done under general anesthesia, typically in an outpatient surgery center. The recovery time for laparoscopy is usually 2-3 days — but can vary depending on the actual procedures performed.

Your clinical nurse will follow up with you after surgery to check on you and to schedule your post-operative appointment. At your post-operative appointment, you will discuss the surgery findings and outcome with your physician. Your physician may also recommend a fertility treatment plan at this point.

For more information on laparoscopy as well as other surgical options, please visit our website at or call 512-451-0149.

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