At Craig Ranch OBGYN, our physicians utilize the latest treatment techniques to help patients return to normal activities as quickly as possible. Cutting-edge treatment options such as laparoscopic procedures enable us to conduct care in the most minimally-invasive way. In turn, our patients obtain the care they need to regain peace of mind about their health and wellness.
What Is Laparoscopic Surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery is a type of minimally-invasive surgical technique that works by creating multiple small incisions to operate as opposed to the kind of larger incisions you would expect from open surgeries. This is made possible because the procedure is performed delicately with the use of a surgical camera that allows your surgeon to see and operate on all of the vital areas. The surgical camera is affixed to the end of a thin tube that slips easily through one of the incisions.
The video that the camera then captures is transmitted back up the tube to a screen where your surgeon will be able to accurately navigate small instruments through a few additional incisions as needed to repair or remove tissue. Once the problem is resolved, the incisions will be stitched back together, and your recovery process can begin.
What Conditions Are Treated With Laparoscopic Surgery?
Laparoscopy is a common procedure used in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pelvic pain, a pelvic mass, and infertility. Some of the conditions for which this technique may be recommended include:
Fibroids are typically benign growths that develop on the lining of the uterus. Fibroids may exist either inside the uterus or on the outside wall, where they cause heavy menstruation and, most likely, pain or discomfort. Current estimations show that the majority of women—about 70% to 80%—will develop fibroids at some point during their lifetimes. However, the good news is that most will also not develop any of the negative symptoms and, as such, will not need to undergo laparoscopic surgery.
This condition is a disease wherein your body's endometrium—the inner lining of the uterus—begins to also grow outside of the uterus. This can cause intense abdominal and pelvic pain while also making it more difficult to become pregnant. Unfortunately, it can also be a recurrent problem, beginning around the time of an individual's first period and ending as menopause sets in.
An ectopic pregnancy, though very rare, occurs when a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus. The vast majority of the time—about 90%—this occurs in a fallopian tube. When this happens, life-threatening complications can occur. As the fertilized egg begins to grow, it will eventually cause the fallopian tube to rupture or burst, which leads to significant internal bleeding that can be fatal if left untreated. Thankfully, laparoscopic surgery in McKinney, TX, can be used to remove the egg before this occurs, as there will be clear warning signs of pelvic pain and vaginal bleeding before a burst occurs.
Laparoscopic surgery can also be used to address the following issues:
- Pelvic floor disorders, including conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence.
- Ovarian cysts, which may need to be surgically removed if they do not go away on their own.
- Certain gynecological cancers, which can be removed effectively using the laparoscopic technique.
What Are The Benefits Of Laparoscopic Surgery?
There are several benefits obtained with laparoscopic surgery. These include:
- Minimally invasive technique incurs small incisions.
- Laparoscopic procedures are often performed on an outpatient basis.
- Recovery from laparoscopic procedures is generally shorter than open surgery techniques.
- Scarring from laparoscopic surgery is minimal.
- Risk of infection is reduced when smaller incisions are made.
What Is The Best Way To Prepare For Laparoscopic Surgery?
There is very little preparation needed for pelvic laparoscopic surgery. We provide detailed instructions regarding when you need to stop eating and drinking, what medications you may need to stop or start taking, and other guidelines. If you have questions as your surgery date arrives, please contact our office. We’re happy to assist you.
How Is Laparoscopic Surgery Performed?
Laparoscopic surgery may be conducted in a hospital or outpatient surgery center. The procedure is performed using general anesthesia. Once the anesthesia has been administered, a small incision is made in the abdomen. The abdominal cavity is then filled with gas, and this enables the surgeon to accurately observe pelvic and reproductive organs with help from the aforementioned surgical camera. Your surgeon will then begin to operate as described above in the section defining laparoscopic surgery in McKinney, TX.
How Long Does A Laparoscopic Procedure Take?
Laparoscopic surgery typically lasts about an hour but may take longer, depending on the extent of treatment needed. However, once the surgery is completed, you will have to spend additional time in the hospital or outpatient surgery center as the anesthetics and sedatives wear off, and the doctors can ensure that you are well enough to head home.
What To Expect After Laparoscopic Surgery
After the procedure is completed, the initial recovery takes place in the surgical center. Patients are observed and monitored until the anesthesia wears off enough for them to stand on their own. They may then be driven home by a loved one.
Recovery After Laparoscopic Surgery
Women treated with laparoscopic surgery typically return home with stitches or Steri-strips. Depending on what the surgeon inserts, stitches may need to be removed a few days after surgery. Sometimes, sutures are absorbable. Patients are informed of the type of closure used during their procedure and are scheduled as needed for their appropriate follow-up.
Bandages used to cover incisions may be removed 1 to 2 days after surgery. If strips are used, they may fall off over the course of several days. It is important to keep incisions clean but not necessary to rub them with soap or apply any ointments or creams to them.
It is normal for pain or numbness to occur around incisions. Patients may also experience discomfort around incisions as well as internally, where tissue has been manipulated. This may feel like bloating or cramping. Women who undergo laparoscopic surgery may also notice shoulder pain for up to one week after their procedure. These types of discomfort related to gas buildup in the intestines as well as the effects of filling the abdominal cavity with gas during surgery.
During recovery from laparoscopic surgery, medication can be taken as needed and as directed to manage comfort. If pain is minimal or does not develop, it is not necessary to take medication as a form of prevention.
What Are The Risks Of Laparoscopic Surgery?
There are minor risks associated with laparoscopic surgery, including:
- Complications related to anesthesia
- Internal bleeding
- Damage to an organ or blood vessel
What Our Patients Have To Say
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