Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to diagnose and treat a variety of gynecologic conditions. Laparoscopic surgery is less painful and has a shorter recovery time than traditional surgery. Beryl Randolph, MD, OB/GYN, has the training and experience to perform laparoscopy safely and effectively to treat uterine fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and more. To find out if you’re a good candidate for laparoscopy, call East Houston OB/GYN in Houston today, or book an appointment online.
Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that Dr. Randolph can use to diagnose and treat a variety of gynecologic conditions. In a laparoscopy, she uses a slender tube with a tiny camera and a powerful light on the end, known as a laparoscope, to view and magnify the organs inside the pelvis. The laparoscope allows her to perform your procedure without making the large incisions involved in traditional surgery.
Traditional surgery (sometimes called open surgery) typically involves incisions that are several inches long. The incisions Dr. Randolph uses in laparoscopic procedures are usually less than one inch in length. Because the incisions are much smaller, laparoscopy offers numerous benefits, including:
Because there is less trauma to the body with laparoscopy, recovery times are faster than traditional surgical procedures.
If you have unexplained pelvic pain or heavy menstrual bleeding, Dr. Randolph may recommend a laparoscopic examination to help determine the cause of your symptoms. She also uses laparoscopy to both diagnose and treat several conditions, including:
Laparoscopy can also be used to collect a tissue sample to be analyzed in a lab if you have an unidentified mass in your pelvic region, or if Dr. Randolph sees any areas that appear abnormal during a laparoscopic procedure.
Before your laparoscopy, Dr. Randolph will give you local anesthesia so you’ll be comfortable during your procedure. For removal of larger fibroids and certain other procedures, she may recommend a general anesthetic.
Dr. Randolph begins the procedure by making a small incision, through which she inserts the laparoscope. To remove cysts, fibroids, and other unwanted structures, she uses tiny surgical tools, viewing her progress through the laparoscopic image. When the procedure is complete, she removes the instruments and closes your incisions with dissolving sutures.
You’ll need to have someone drive you home after your laparoscopy. Depending on what was included in your procedure, you may need to rest at home for a few days, but your recovery will be much easier than with traditional surgery.
For more information about gynecologic laparoscopic procedures call East Houston OB/GYN or schedule an appointment online.