Gynaecologic laparoscopy is an alternative to open surgery. It uses a laparoscope to look inside your pelvic area. Open surgery often requires a large incision. A laparoscope is a slender, lighted telescope. It allows your doctor to see inside your body. Diagnostic laparoscopy can determine whether you have conditions such as endometriosis or fibroids. It can also be a form of treatment. With miniaturized instruments, your doctor can perform a variety of surgeries. Laparoscopy generally has a shorter healing time than open surgery. It also leaves smaller scars.
Reasons/Types - Gynaecologic Laparoscopy: Laparoscopy can be used for the treatment of several gynaecologic diseases like
Procedure: Laparoscopy is almost always performed under general anaesthesia. This means you’ll be unconscious for the procedure and will not experience the pain during surgery.
Once you’re asleep, a small tube called a catheter will be inserted to collect your urine. A small needle will be used to fill your abdomen with carbon dioxide gas. The gas keeps the abdominal wall away from your organs, which reduces the risk of injury. Your doctor will make a small cut in your navel and insert the laparoscope, which transmits images to a screen. This gives your doctor a clear view of your organs. What happens next depends on the type of procedure. For diagnosis, your doctor might take a look and then be done. If you need surgery, other incisions will be made. Instruments will be inserted through these holes. Then, surgery is performed laparoscopically. Once the procedure is over, all instruments are removed. Incisions are closed with stitches, and then you’re bandaged and sent to recovery. At ARMC AEGiS hospital we have all the latest state of the art equipment for gynaecologic laparoscopic surgery. The technology combined with two decades of vast experience make our specialists capable of handling any situations.
Recovery after laparoscopy: Once the procedure is over, nurses will monitor your vital signs. You’ll stay in recovery until the anesthesia wears off. You will not be released until you can urinate on your own. Difficulty urinating is a possible side effect of catheter use. Recovery time varies. It depends on what procedure was performed. You may be free to go home a few hours after surgery. You might also have to stay in the hospital for one or more nights.
After surgery, your belly button might be tender. There may be bruises on your stomach. The gas inside you can make your chest, middle, and shoulders ache. There’s also a chance that you’ll feel nauseated for the rest of the day.
Before you go home, your doctor will give you instructions on how to manage possible side effects. Your doctor may prescribe pain medication or antibiotics to prevent an infection.
Depending on the surgery, you may be told to rest for a few days or weeks. It may take a month or more to return to normal activities.
Serious complications of laparoscopy are rare. However, you should call your doctor if you have:
The results of these procedures are usually good. This technology allows the surgeon to easily see and diagnose many problems. Recovery time is also shorter compared to open surgery.