Laparoscopic gynecologic surgery
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.
North Shore-LIJ Health System gynecologic surgeons offer laparoscopic surgical techniques for patients, which result in less pain, fewer complications and faster recovery times.
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.