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What Is A Laparoscopy?

A surgeon uses a thin device with an attached light and camera to help them more clearly visualize organ damage and disease. During a laparoscopy, the healthcare provider inserts the laparoscope into the abdomen through a small incision in the abdomen. They will then use a catheter, allowing for clearer imaging of the organs in the abdomen and pelvis.

At times, a surgeon might support a laparoscopy with additional surgical instruments, which they can insert through the incision sites. A person undergoing a laparoscopy can often expect up to four small incisions.

A medical professional carrying out a laparoscopy might also use a uterine manipulator is inserted into the vagina, cervix, and uterus to allow for pelvic organ movement to see different pelvic anatomy.

Once the procedure is complete, the surgeon will remove most of the carbon dioxide from the abdomen, remove all instruments, close the incisions with stitches, and cover the area with small bandages.

Following the procedure, the individual may feel tired or nauseous as a result of the anesthesia.

Most people are discharged from hospital on the day of surgery, although hospitalization may be necessary for some people to enable a full recovery, such as after a laparoscopic hysterectomy that involves removal of the uterus.

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