A laparoscope is a medical device used to view within the abdomen and pelvis. In order for doctors to insert the laparoscope, it is necessary to make a small incision in the area in question. There are other instruments that doctors use for the same types of procedures, so it is fairly routine and carries low risk. This instrument is unique because it allows doctors to view internal organs clearly and determine different diagnoses for problems within the abdomen and the pelvis.
The instrument comes equipped with a small light uniquely designed optics so that the doctors are able to see the designated area effectively. In order to make a space within the abdomen of affected area, doctors pump a certain amount of carbon dioxide, creating an open space that allows the instrument to go into the area smoothly. The incision that is made in the area is often small, ranging from 2 to 3 centimeters. The patient is not under any type of pain during the procedure because it is usually performed under general anesthesia.
There are many different uses for this type of procedure, but most focus on determining whether or not there are problems such as inflammation, rupture, or other issues around the abdomen and pelvic area. The patient usually undergoes this type of procedure because he or she is experiencing some sort of pelvic pain. By using a laparoscope, doctors can determine a number of cases, including cysts, endometriosis, and pelvic inflammatory disease. Laparoscope procedures are being used more widely because it often produces little or no scarring in the area where the incision was placed. It is important to remember that certain patients may experience side effects after the procedure such as discomfort within the abdominal area or pain the shoulder tip. Medication is usually distributed by the doctor and symptoms usually subside not too long after the procedure.
There are usually little or no risks associated with this procedure, unless a person is sensitive to general anesthesia, in that case the doctor must determine another way to diagnose the patient. Minor complications that a patient may experience include bleeding or bruising around the skin where the incision has been made. The cases that experience any type of complications are far fetched due to the routine nature of this procedure.
Last modified: December 28, 2010.