During operative laparoscopy, a small incision is made in the abdominal area and is used as an entry point for a laparoscope. Mercy’s gynecologists are experienced in single-incision laparoscopy surgery (SILS), in which a single incision is made in the belly button only and the entire surgical scar is then concealed by the belly button. After the incision is made, 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. Additional instruments are then inserted through the laparoscope in order to complete the surgical procedure.
In some cases, surgeons may use diagnostic laparoscopy prior to operative laparoscopy in order to examine and diagnose gynecologic conditions.
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