Dr. DeLeon's Woman's Health Care
OB/GYN & Wellness Center located in Rowlett, TX & Garland, TX
If the cause of your symptoms wasn’t identified by an ultrasound or other imaging procedure, laparoscopy diagnostic procedures are great for diagnosing complications in the hard-to-reach areas of your pelvis. They also assist in their treatment with a tiny light and camera. At Dr. DeLeon’s Woman’s Health Care in Rowlett, Texas, OB/GYN physician Luis DeLeon Usuga, MD, offers laparoscopies for diagnosing and treating conditions in your pelvic area with minimal risk. To find out if a laparoscopy could benefit your health, call today.
Laparoscopy Q & A
What is a laparoscopy?
A laparoscopy is a procedure that’s used to diagnose abnormalities and complications inside your pelvis. During a laparoscopy, your doctor inserts a slim tube-like telescope called a laparoscope into a small cut on your abdomen. The laparoscope has a light and a camera attached to the end for easy viewing. Your doctor can look at the outer structures of your uterus, ovaries, and other organs in the area to find out what’s causing you pain.
Why might I need a laparoscopy?
Typically, laparoscopies are only necessary when other diagnostic methods such as ultrasounds have not shown any conclusive results. Laparoscopies work well for:
- Diagnosing and treating endometriosis
- Finding causes of infertility
- Removing fibroids, cysts, and other growths
- Monitoring cancer
- Treating urinary incontinence
The small size of a laparoscope makes it perfect for assisting in delicate procedures involving your pelvic organs. Because it’s so small, it involves less pain than other invasive procedures for viewing your organs.
Is it safe to get a laparoscopy?
Overall, laparoscopies are much safer than other diagnostic surgeries because of the small size of the laparoscope. Because the incision is small, there is less risk of infection. However, the procedure comes with some risks that your doctor will discuss with you before scheduling your treatment. Risks include:
- Blood clots
- Adverse reactions to the anesthesia
- Organ damage
If you have additional concerns, your doctor at Dr. DeLeon’s Woman’s Health Care can walk you through the risks further.
How should I prepare for my laparoscopy?
Being properly prepared for your laparoscopy reduces your chances of encountering any potential risks. Your doctor will give you a complete list of ways to prepare before your procedure date. You’ll need to:
- Avoid eating, drinking (even water), and smoking after midnight the night before
- Avoid wearing jewelry
- Wear loose clothing
- Arrange for someone to drive you to and from the surgery
Keep in mind that you’ll be under a general anesthetic to keep you from feeling the procedure and plan accordingly. If you have questions on how to best prepare, be sure to ask your doctor at your consultation appointment.
Laparoscopies are invasive procedures, but the benefits outweigh the risks when it comes to your health. To find out more about laparoscopies, call Dr. DeLeon’s Woman’s Health Care today.
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