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Laparoscopy

What Affects the Test

Reasons you may not be able to have the surgery or why the results may not be helpful include:

  • If you are obese, which may make the laparoscopy harder to do.
  • If you have scar tissue from another surgery or an injury.
  • If a tissue sample is taken for a biopsy, but the results are not clear about what the problem is.

What To Think About

  • People who are obese or who have had other belly surgeries may need to have a larger incision in the belly for the surgery. This is called open laparoscopy.

Other Works Consulted

  • Fischbach FT, Dunning MB III, eds. (2009). Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

  • Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Deborah A. Penava, BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last Revised August 1, 2012
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Last Updated: August 01, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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