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If you have gynecological conditions that do not seem to be improving with medication or other forms of treatment, you may need surgery. Laparoscopic procedures offer minimally invasive surgical options with fewer risks and shorter recovery times.
How is laparoscopy different from open surgery?
Traditional surgical procedures involve 8 to 10 inch incisions that are often accompanied with higher risks such as excessive bleeding and infection. Additionally, such procedures require longer recovery times as well as longer hospital stays.
Laparoscopic procedures are completely the opposite. Patients experience shorter recovery times and hospital stays, less soreness and small incisions that heal quicker. The risks are much fewer.
What kinds of laparoscopic procedures are available?
Your gynecologist at The Women’s Specialists of Fayette may recommend laparoscopy if you need surgery. The following conditions are generally a good fit for laparoscopic procedures:
- Laparoscopic hysterectomy
- Laparoscopy to diagnose endometriosis, ovarian cysts, or pelvic pain
- Laparoscopy to treat endometriosis, ovarian cysts, or pelvic pain
- Laparoscopy to remove pelvic masses
What can I expect during laparoscopy?
During the procedure, your physician will make a small incision and places a tiny camera inside it. This camera provides the doctor with a view of the surgical site for diagnostic or treatment purposes.
Another incision is made and a tiny surgical instrument is placed inside to treat your condition. Depending on which type of procedure you are having, this may involve removing uterine fibroids, endometrial tissue, pelvic masses, or your uterus.
How long is the recovery process after laparoscopy?
Each procedure has different recovery times but you can certainly expect a much shorter recovery than with open surgery.
You may be asked to limit certain activities until your gynecologist tells you it’s safe to continue them. It is important to give your body plenty of time to heal without placing unnecessary strain on the surgical site.
What is the recovery process like after laparoscopy?
Your gynecologist will give you detailed instructions on caring for your incisions after surgery. That involves keeping them clean, which helps reduce the risk of infections.
If you notice redness, pain, discharge, or other signs of an infection, contact your gynecologist right away. During the first few weeks after laparoscopy, you will need to allow your body to rest in order to completely heal.
If you need more information on laparoscopy, please contact the Women's Specialists of Fayette.
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