Laparoscopy Surgery

 
Laparoscopy is a surgical technique in which your doctor inserts a fiber optic camera (camera in a tube) into your abdomen through a small cut, to see inside your abdomen and pelvis. Surgical instruments can also be inserted through the small cut. Your doctor may use this technique both to diagnose and treat problems involving your internal organs.
 
 
If you have conditions which are causing problems such as pain or infertility, and doctors have been unable to discover what the problem is using other means, you may be told that you should have a laparoscopy. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, your doctor may use laparoscopy to check to see if the cancer has spread to any internal organs. Surgery may also be performed using a laparoscope.
 
 
Laparoscopy is also used for treatment, when you know what the problem is and want to fix it. Your doctor may use laparoscopy to:
 
You may have certain health conditions which mean that a laparoscopy should not be done, and a different method needs to be used to diagnose and/or treat your problem. These include obesity and excessive abdominal scar tissue.
 
You will discuss with your doctor ahead of time how to prepare for the surgery. Generally you must not eat or drink for 12 hours beforehand, and there are certain medications you must not take either. The procedure requires either local or general
 
Laparoscopy surgery may be as brief as a half hour or take a couple of hours, depending on what exactly needs to be done. During the process, one or more small cuts will be made in your abdomen, for the camera and other surgical instruments. Your abdomen will be inflated with gas during the procedure, which helps your doctor see your organs more clearly. The gas is released after the surgery, and the cuts are closed with stitches. 
 
After your procedure, you will spend 2-4 hours in a recovery room. You may be tired and have some abdominal pain and bloating for a few days. If a tube was placed in your throat to help you breathe during surgery, you may have a mild sore throat. Your doctor will discuss with you what activities you can resume when, but generally you should not do any strenuous exercise for at least a week.
 
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