Laparoscopic Surgery

North Shore-LIJ Women’s Health gynecologic surgeons offer advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques, resulting in less pain, fewer complications and faster recovery for patients.

Procedure Overview

Laparoscopy is a procedure used to examine the organs of the abdominal cavity. Laparoscopy utilizes a laparoscope, a thin flexible tube containing a video camera. The laparoscope is placed through a small incision in the abdomen and produces images that can be seen on a computer screen. A similar procedure can be used to look at the organs of the pelvis (gynecologic laparoscopy or pelviscopy).

The advantage of laparoscopy is that it allows a direct view of the abdominal organs and structures without the need for major surgery. Laparoscopy may also be used to perform biopsies or surgical procedures such as an appendectomy or cholecystectomy (removal of gallbladder). As laparoscopic techniques improve, more applications are being used. Robotically-assisted laparoscopy may be used for certain procedures. This technique requires specialized equipment and training, but may offer benefits for some patients and conditions.

Reasons for the Procedure

Gynecologic laparoscopy may be used to assess pelvic pain and problems, ovarian cysts, and fibroids, and to evaluate the fallopian tubes in women experiencing infertility. Other uses include treating endometriosis and removing an ectopic pregnancy in the fallopian tube. Additionally, hysterectomy, myomectomy and tubal ligation can all be performed utilizing this method of surgery.

There may also be other reasons for your physician to recommend a laparoscopy.

Risks of the Procedure

As with any surgical procedure, complications may occur. Possible complications of laparoscopy include, but are not limited to, bleeding from the site of insertion and misplacement of the gas used to help visualize the organs.

If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant, you should notify your physician.

In certain situations, laparoscopy may be contraindicated. These situations include patients with bleeding problems, multiple surgical adhesions, and patients taking blood thinning medication.

There may be other risks depending on your specific medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your physician prior to the procedure.

Certain factors or conditions may interfere with a laparoscopy. These factors include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • obesity
  • history of multiple surgeries resulting in adhesions that prevent safe access to the abdomen with a laparoscope
  • blood from an intra-abdominal hemorrhage may prevent visualization with the laparoscope

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The content provided here is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your physician. Please consult your physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

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