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    Laparoscopy

    Laparoscopy is a surgery that uses a thin, lighted tube put through a cut (incision) in the belly to look at the abdominal organs camera.gif or the female pelvic organs camera.gif. Laparoscopy is used to find problems such as cysts, adhesions, fibroids camera.gif, and infection. Tissue samples can be taken for biopsy through the tube (laparoscope).

    In many cases laparoscopy can be done instead of laparotomy surgery that uses a larger incision in the belly. Laparoscopy can be less stressful and may have less problems and lower costs than laparotomy for minor surgeries. It can often be done without needing to stay overnight in the hospital.

    Why It Is Done

    Laparoscopy is done to:

    How To Prepare

    Tell your doctor if you:

    • Have allergies to any medicines, including anesthesia.
    • Have any bleeding problems or are taking any blood-thinning medicines, such as aspirin or warfarin (Coumadin).
    • Are or might be pregnant.

    Before laparoscopy:

    • Follow the instructions exactly about when to stop eating and drinking, or your surgery may be canceled. If your doctor has instructed you to take your medicines on the day of surgery, please do so using only a sip of water.
    • Leave your jewelry at home. Any jewelry you wear will need to be taken off before the laparoscopy.
    • Remove your glasses, contacts, and dentures or a removable bridge before the laparoscopy. These will be given back to you as soon as you wake up after the surgery.
    • Arrange for someone to drive you home after the laparoscopy.
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    Last Updated: 2/, 014
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