Gynecological Surgery

Common gynecological surgeries using laparoscopy.

Laparoscopically-assisted vaginal hysterectomy

Small instruments inserted through a series of incision points detach the ligaments that support the uterus, and then the uterus is removed through the vagina.

Bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy

Removal of the ovaries and the fallopian tubes.

Diagnostic laparoscopy

This procedure allows the surgeon to examine the internal organs to try to locate the source of pelvic pain. For a women with pelvic pain, laparoscopy will allow the surgeon to find the origin of that pain without open surgery.

Laparoscopically-assisted surgery for endometriosis

A surgeon can use several lap-assisted techniques to remove endometrial tissue found growing outside the uterus, including cutting and removing the tissue or destroying it with a laser or electrocautery equipment.

Ectopic/tubal pregnancy

Surgery for a pregnancy that is in the fallopian tube (an ectopic pregnancy) can be done laparoscopically, but you physician will decide the best approach to take.

Fibroidectomy or myomectomy

The removal of uterine fibroids.

Cholecystectomy, or gall bladder removal

Using a series of small incisions, the gall bladder is detached and removed via the endoscope.

Colon resection

A segment of the colon is removed and the remaining section reattached.
  

Lysis of adhesions

Scar-like adhesions can be caused by previous surgery or pelvic infections and frequently cause significant pain. They can be removed laparoscopically, and are less likely to form in the first place after a lap-assisted surgery.

Hernia repair

While both traditional and laparoscopic hernia repair surgeries are done on an outpatient basis, patients treated laparoscopically often heal faster and experience less discomfort after the procedure.

Urological procedures

Laparoscopy speeds recovery times and minimizes discomfort from urologic procedures such as the following:

  • Laparoscopic nephrectomy: Removal of a non-functioning kidney using an endoscope that enters the abdominal cavity near the belly button.
  • Laparoscopic pyeloplasty: Repairing of the ureter, the tube that runs from the kidney into the bladder.