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How Laparoscopy Is Done

Laparoscopy is a type of surgical procedure. It lets your surgeon see your reproductive organs close up. After you are given anesthesia, small incisions are made in your abdomen. A laparoscope is used. This is a long, thin tube with a camera on the end that sends pictures to a video screen. It is put through one small incision. Your surgeon can see inside your body. Surgical tools are put through the other incisions. 

Side view cross section of female pelvis showing laparoscope and surgical tool inserted in abdomen. Device to lift uterus is inserted in vagina and is holding on to cervix. Video monitor in background.

A Closer Look

Your surgeon needs to see clearly during surgery. To do this, your abdomen is inflated with a harmless gas. A device may be inserted into the vagina to lift the uterus. This helps your surgeon see your organs better through the scope.

Risks and Complications of Surgery

These may include:

  • Infection

  • Bleeding

  • Damage to blood vessels, nerves, muscles, or nearby pelvic structures

  • Risks of anesthesia

  • Blood clots

  • Need for a larger incision¬†

Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 5/15/2011
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