How is operative laparoscopy performed?
Operative laparoscopy is performed under general anesthesia. The physician makes three to four small incisions in the abdomen. Next, the physician inserts a specialized instrument with a video camera attached, known as a laparoscope, into the abdomen through the incision near the navel. The physician also inserts additional instruments, such as
- Grasping instruments
- Biopsy forceps
- Electrosurgical or laser instruments
- Suture materials
With the help of a laparoscope, the physician examines the pelvis including the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, bladder and appendix to identify the issue. After identifying the issue, the physician may treat the disorders and close the incision.
What can you expect after operative laparoscopy?
Following operative laparoscopy, the patient may expect the following things
- The navel area may be tender and bruised.
- Anesthesia may cause nausea and dizziness.
- Daily activities can be resumed after a few days.
Contact the physician if the patient observes
- Abdominal pain
- Worsening nausea and vomiting
- A temperature of 101° F or greater
- Drainage of pus from an incision
- Significant bleeding from an incision