Posted October 1, 2022 by Anusha ‐ 3 min read
A laparoscopy is one way to get a closer look at the organs in your abdomen and your reproductive organs. This procedure can be used to help diagnose different medical conditions
What is Laparoscopy?
- Laparoscopy is a type of diagnostic surgical procedure that your healthcare provider can use to look inside your body at your abdominal and reproductive organs.
- This procedure can also be used to collect samples of tissue (biopsies) for testing.
- A laparoscope a thin tube similar to a telescope is passed through a small incision (cut) in your abdomen.
Using the laparoscope, your provider can look directly at the outside of your:
Uses of Laproscopy
Your provider might use laparoscopy to:
Find the cause of pain in the pelvic and abdominal regions.
Examine a tissue mass.
Confirm endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease.
Look for blockage of the fallopian tubes or for other causes of infertility.
How to prepare for Laparoscopy?
Please follow these guidelines before coming to the hospital for your laparoscopy:
Do not eat, drink (including water) or smoke after midnight the day before your surgery.
Wear low-heeled shoes the day of surgery. You might be drowsy from the anesthesia and unsteady on your feet.
Do not wear jewelry. (Wedding rings may be worn.)
Wear loose-fitting clothing. You will have some abdominal tenderness and cramping after surgery.
Remove any nail polish before surgery.
Procedure of Laproscopy
A laparoscopy is done while you’re lying down in a slightly tilted position, with your head lower than your feet.
You’ll be given a general anesthetic to relax your muscles and prevent pain during surgery.
Next, a small incision is made near the navel. The laparoscope is inserted through this incision.
Your abdomen is inflated to make the organs easier to view.
The laparoscope might also be equipped with surgical devices for taking tissue samples or removing scar tissue.
Your provider might also make a second incision at the pubic hairline.
This incision provides an additional opening for instruments needed for completing minor surgical procedures.
After surgery, you’ll usually stay in a recovery room for about one hour.
Then you will be taken to an outpatient surgery unit for continued observation.
You will be discharged after you receive instructions for your home recovery.
In most cases, you can leave the hospital about four hours after laparoscopy.
It’s rare that a patient will need to stay in the hospital overnight after this procedure.
You’ll be asked to return to your healthcare provider’s office for follow-up appointments within two to eight weeks of your laparoscopy.
Please confirm your follow-up appointment schedule with your provider before leaving the hospital.
One important thing to note before going in for surgery is that you won’t be able to drive for 24 hours after surgery.
Make sure you have someone available to pick you and stay with you for those first 24 hours.
After Laproscopy procedure
In most cases, you can go home not long after your laparoscopy.
You’ll need to wait until your anesthesia has worn off and your healthcare provider has made sure you aren’t experiencing any side effects from the procedure.
In the days following your laparoscopy, you will recover at home.
Recovery after Laproscopy
While you’re recovering at home after your laparoscopy, it’s good to keep a few things in mind. These tips include:
Don’t drink alcohol or drive for at least 24 hours after surgery.
You can bathe any time after surgery.
You can remove the bandage the morning after the surgery. Steri-strips which look like tape can be removed two to three days after surgery.
You can typically return to work three days after surgery. If you need a doctor’s letter excusing you from work, please request one at your pre-operative appointment.
Do not be concerned if your urine is green. A blue dye might have been used to check if your fallopian tubes are open.