Posted on:August 25, 2015
A laparoscopy is recommended as a diagnostic evaluation under a number of circumstances including:
- Symptoms or history suggestive of endometriosis
- Abnormal or inconclusive hysterosalpingogram (HSG) findings
- Pelvic pain unresponsive to medical therapy
- History suggestive of pelvic scar tissue (adhesions)
- Ovarian cyst(s) unresponsive to observation or medical therapy
This procedure involves placement of a camera through a very small (5 to 7 mm) incision in your navel and other delicate instruments through one or more similar incisions in your lower abdomen (bikini line). Once inside your abdomen, Dr. Moghadam is able to provide you with a thorough assessment of your pelvic anatomy, including your ovaries and fallopian tubes, and treat many conditions that can be either inciting or contributory causes of infertility.
Performed in an outpatient setting under anesthesia, a laparoscopy typically lasts between 1 to 2 hours, although more difficult cases can be longer. The typical recovery period following surgery is 5 to 7 days dependent upon the extent of the laparoscopic procedure. Before you give serious consideration to undergoing a laparoscopy, Dr. Moghadam will provide you with specific details and answer all your questions in a preoperative consultation.