A minimally-invasive surgical procedure where a telescope is inserted through a small incision in the umbilicus and allows direct visualization of the pelvic organs.
Laparoscopy is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure where a telescope is inserted through a small incision in the umbilicus (belly button) and allows direct visualization of the pelvic organs. It can help your doctor diagnose fibroids, scar tissue, endometriosis, and blocked fallopian tubes – all of which can cause infertility.
The surgeon will first place 1-3 additional ports through small (0.5 cm) incisions. Then, the abdomen will be inflated to allow a detailed visualization of your pelvic organs and pelvic cavity. If diagnosed with any issues, corrective procedures can be performed, as needed. This usually includes laser/cautery of endometriosis, or adhesiolysis (cutting scar tissue). The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure in a surgery center or hospital and requires general anesthesia.
After the operative procedure, the surgeon will provide stitching for the incisions. There is generally little to no scarring after recovery.