Diagnostic Laparoscopy

 

Diagnostic pelvic laparoscopy is a procedure in which a surgeon inserts a tube-like viewing device, called a laparascope, inside the female abdomen to see the reproductive organs.

The gynecologists of The Institute for Gynecologic Care utilize diagnostic hysteroscopy in order to examine patients and develop an appropriate treatment plan for a wide variety of gynecologic conditions and disorders. 

What is Diagnostic Laparoscopy?

Diagnostic laparoscopy is a procedure that uses a thin, lighted tube known as a laparoscope, to examine abnormal conditions of the abdominal organs or the female pelvic organs. Diagnostic laparoscopy is often recommended when other diagnostic tests, such as ultrasound and X-ray, cannot confirm the cause of a condition.  Diagnostic laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgery and often does not require an overnight stay in the hospital.

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How is Diagnostic Laparoscopy performed?

During diagnostic laparoscopy, a small incision is made in the abdominal area and is used as an entry point for a laparoscope. The abdominal region is filled with carbon dioxide gas which helps move the abdominal wall and any organs out of the way, allowing for better visibility. In some cases, surgeons may perform operative laparoscopy following a diagnostic laparoscopy, eliminating the need for an additional surgery. 

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Who should receive Diagnostic Laparoscopy?

Diagnostic laparoscopy may be used to diagnose a wide range of gynecologic conditions including:

The gynecologists at The Institute for Gynecologic Care will help determine if a diagnostic laparoscopy is a suitable diagnostic tool for your condition.