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.
Removal of the ovaries and the fallopian tubes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.