People who are planning to undergo laparoscopy should understand that the procedure uses a laparoscope and specialized surgical instruments inside the patient’s abdomen, it can help diagnose and treat the cause of infertility and other health conditions, extensive preparations have to be made prior to the procedure, and the patient’s abdomen will be filled with carbon dioxide gas to make room for the laparoscope.
The surgical method called laparoscopy involves inserting a laparoscope through a cut in the abdomen. Doctors use laparoscopy to observe a patient’s internal organs in the abdomen or make repairs to them without having to make large incisions that could require longer healing time or more specialized hospital treatment. If you are thinking of undergoing laparoscopic fertility surgery or any other surgery that involves a laparoscopy, you first need to understand what laparoscopy is.
The procedure uses a laparoscope and specialized surgical instruments inside the patient’s abdomen
During the surgical procedure, a doctor makes a couple of small cuts in the patient’s abdomen where a laparoscope and other specialized surgical instruments are to be inserted. The laparoscope has a number of features such as a fiber optic tube, camera and light. All instruments aid the doctor in looking at the patient’s abdominal organs.
The diagnosis and treatment of infertility and other health concerns can be helped with laparoscopy
Laparoscopy is oftentimes used by some fertility doctors to diagnose and treat patient’s infertility. However, this surgical procedure is normally made only after a previous diagnostic exam for infertility was made. Although, endometriosis and other causes of infertility can be diagnosed only with laparoscopy. Laparoscopic surgery may be used to biopsy suspicious cysts or to determine if an internal pain is a sign of a more serious problem. For instance, if a patient has pelvic pain, the doctor may use laparoscopic surgery to find the cause of pain and, possibly, administer treatment, like removing scar tissue.
Extensive preparations must be undergone by the patient before the procedure
The doctor will usually orient the patient regarding the different preparations that need to be made before the surgery. Usually the patient will not be allowed to eat or drink for 8 or more hours before the procedure. The patient could be advised to take antibiotic medication. The patient will also be given general anesthesia. An IV containing different fluids and medications will be given to the patient to induce relaxation. Generally, patients sleep through the entire period of the surgery.
Carbon dioxide gas will be filled into the patient’s abdomen in order to make space for the laparoscope
It is very crucial that the patient’s abdomen has sufficient room for the laparoscope and the other surgical tools. After the patient has been anesthetized, a small incision will be made in the patient’s abdomen. After the cut is made, the abdomen is then filled with carbon dioxide using a needle that is inserted into the cut. The laparoscope can now be inserted into the cut and will be used by the doctor to examine the different organs and tissues. In some cases, additional cuts have to be made in order to accommodate other surgical instruments needed for treating or making repairs.
Understanding the different aspects and procedures in laparoscopy will help patients have insight on the necessary preparations and risks involved in the surgery.