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:
Check for and possibly take out abnormal
growths (such as tumors) in the belly or pelvis.
conditions that can make it hard for a woman to become pregnant. These
conditions include cysts, adhesions,
fibroids, and infection. Laparoscopy may be done after
initial infertility tests do not show the cause for the
Do a biopsy.
See whether cancer in another
area of the body has spread to the belly.
Check for damage to
internal organs, such as the spleen, after an injury or
Have allergies to any medicines, including
Have any bleeding problems or are taking any
blood-thinning medicines, such as aspirin or warfarin
Are or might be pregnant.
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
Arrange for someone to drive you home after the