By Laura NathanDoubting your diagnosis? Read on to find out what you might really
Sometimes even the best doctors miss the mark: About 40 percent of all
mistakes that M.D.s make are misdiagnoses, says the National Patient Safety
Foundation. That's because many ailments have similar symptoms or can be
detected only with tests that your physician might consider unnecessary if he's
confident in his verdict. If you're in the know about often-confused
conditions, though, you can ask the right...
When a person has a life-threatening condition that requires
surgery right away. For example, it may be done for
appendicitis or ectopic pregnancy.
When scarring (adhesions) or
abnormal conditions make it hard to use laparoscopy to see inside the
For diagnosis of pelvic symptoms. Treatment can be done at
the same time.
For PID, laparotomy is not done as often as laparoscopy, which requires special equipment and training. But laparotomy is done if a hospital is not equipped for laparoscopy. It may also be done if another problem is suspected, such as a ruptured appendix.
The hospital or surgery center may send you instructions on how to
get ready for your surgery. Or a nurse may call you with instructions before
Right after surgery, you will be taken to a recovery area. While you are there,
nurses will care for and observe you. You most likely will stay in the recovery
area for 1 to 4 hours. Then you will be moved to a hospital room. Your nurse will give you any special instructions from your doctor and will explain
information to help you during your recovery.
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March 12, 2014
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