Laparoscopy Information and Procedures in NYC
A female pelvic laparoscopy is an outpatient surgical procedure that involves a narrow fiber optic scope (laparoscope) inserted through a few tiny incisions in your abdomen. It allows your doctor to see inside your body to evaluate the structures of your reproductive system, including the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus. When other tests don’t give us enough information for a proper diagnosis, we’ll recommend a laparoscopy.
Why is it a Better Choice?
Unlike traditional open or robotic surgeries, our revolutionary laparoscopic techniques are low-risk and minimally invasive, offering:
- Faster recovery times
- Lower rates of infection
- Less visible scarring
Common Reasons for Undergoing a Laparoscopy
- Determine if you have blockages of the fallopian tubes or for other causes of infertility
- Examine a tissue mass
- Removal of fibroids (Myomectomy)
- Diagnosis & removal of endometriosis (stages 1-4)
- Removal of ovarian cysts (Ovarian Cystectomy)
- Laparoscopic lysis (removal) of adhesions and restoration of normal pelvic anatomy
The entire procedure takes about 30 to 90 minutes but may be slightly longer if your doctor finds something we can treat right away. As with most medical procedures, the sooner we can assess and correct an issue, the better.
If you have fibroids and you are considering getting pregnant in the future, your doctor might suggest a myomectomy. This surgery removes the fibroids but protects the uterus to preserve your fertility.
A myomectomy can be performed three ways:
- Abdominal myomectomy is a conventional open surgery and may be best if you have many or large fibroids. This surgery allows your doctor to remove the fibroids through an incision in the lower abdomen. Recovery time rarely exceeds 4-6 weeks but varies depending on the complexity of the procedure.
- Laparoscopic myomectomy is a minimally invasive technique requiring only tiny abdominal incisions. This method is recommended for women who have a small number of subserous fibroids. Your surgeon will remove the fibroids using thin scopes that contain surgical and viewing instruments. Recovery is typically 2-4 weeks.
- Hysteroscopic myomectomy may be used for removal of submucous fibroids found in the uterine cavity. Your surgeon will use a special instrument called a hysteroscopic resectoscope which passes through the vagina and cervical canal to remove your fibroids. Recovery is typically 2-3 days.
The type of myomectomy procedure you have depends on the size of your fibroids and where they’re located. After surgery, most women experience relief of symptoms, such as excessive menstrual bleeding and pelvic pain as well as fertility
Ovarian cystectomy is a surgery to remove the cyst(s) from one or both of your ovaries while keeping the ovaries intact to preserve fertility.
An ovarian cyst is a sac of fluid that can develop inside the ovaries and usually develop as a result of your menstrual cycle. In most cases, ovarian cysts are harmless and disappear on their own- typically after a few months. However, some cysts can cause symptoms, hinder fertility or become cancerous.
If the cyst becomes large, persists or causes symptoms, your doctor might recommend surgery. Ovarian cystectomy is a surgery to remove the cyst(s) from one or both of your ovaries while keeping the ovaries intact to preserve fertility.
Laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy is a minimally invasive surgery requiring only tiny abdominal incisions. Your surgeon will remove the cyst(s) through these incisions by using thin scopes that contain surgical and viewing instruments to extract the mass.
You can expect to recover in as little as 2 weeks.