Diagnostic laparoscopy is typically used when other imaging methods, like x-ray and ultrasound, are not clear enough to provide a definitive diagnosis. Laparoscopy uses minimally invasive techniques to directly view the reproductive organs and best diagnose unexplained pelvic pain, infertility or recurring pelvic infection. Diagnostic laparoscopy can help your doctor to most accurately diagnose endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease, pelvic adhesions and reproductive cysts, tumors or cancers.
What to expect?
Laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive and results in a significantly smaller scar than traditional, open surgery. During diagnostic laparoscopy our physician makes an incision near the naval and a laparoscope is inserted into the abdomen. Sometimes a small amount of air is used to inflate the abdomen, making organs easier to view. A second incision may also be made near the pubic hairline to allow the use of additional instruments as needed. A biopsy of any abnormal cells present may be collected and sent to the laboratory for closer inspection.
While diagnostic laparoscopy has minimal scarring and pain it is still surgery and will require some recovery, but most people return to work in 3 days. It is done while a patient is anesthetized, so patients may feel groggy after the procedure.