Laparoscopy is a method to see into the abdomen through small incisions, about a quarter of an inch long. It may take 2-3 incisions to accomplish a surgery. Carbon dioxide is used to distend the abdominal wall so that I may see your internal organs.
By using a scope, I am able to see your ovaries, uterus, ureters (kidney tubes), intestines, liver and abdominal wall. By visualizing these structures, I am able to diagnose conditions that may be causing you pain or bleeding.
The surgery can take as little as 10 minutes or up to an hour depending on what needs to be done. If you have a lot of scar tissue, it may take more time to remove the scar tissue. If you have endometriosis, I may need time to remove visible endometriotic implants.
I can usually remove one or both ovaries with the laparoscope and bring them thru a 1 inch incision above the pubic hairline.
Most women can return to work in 2-7 days after the procedure.