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What is a laparoscopy?

A laparoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used for both operative and diagnostic purposes. These operations are completed with a long, skinny device called a laparoscope, which is inserted through tiny incisions into the abdomen. It has a camera attached and gives your physician a heightened view of your abdominal and pelvic organs.

Why it's done

Laparoscopic surgery can be used to treat many conditions. Examples of laparoscopic procedures include:

  • Hysterectomy — The surgical removal of the uterus
  • Tubal ligation — A permanent sterilization procedure for women
  • Fibroid removal
  • Treatment of ectopic pregnancy
  • Treatment of pelvic floor disorders
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease treatment
  • Endometriosis treatment
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Treatment of gynecologic cancer

Laparoscopy can identify the cause of pelvic pain, pelvic masses and infertility. It can also diagnose conditions, such as:

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Fibroids


Your doctor will walk you through any specific preparation measures depending upon the operation you’re receiving. Be sure to bring up any questions or concerns you may have, as our professionals want to ensure you understand every aspect of your treatment.


Recovery times vary depending on the procedure. Because laparoscopic operations are minimally invasive, your recovery time should be shorter than that of traditional surgery. Your doctor will schedule a follow-up appointment to check on your healing process and answer any questions you may have.

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