Many people undergo surgery to treat serious illnesses. However, not all surgeries take time or leave patients in excruciating pain. Laparoscopy is one of them. Often, people who don't know about laparoscopy are confused whether to seek it or opt for traditional surgical methods.
Knowing what to expect during laparoscopy if you are considering one. Continue reading to find out more.
What is Laparoscopy?
A laparoscopy is a form of diagnostic/surgical treatment that helps physicians examine the abdominal and reproductive organs in greater detail. Laparoscopy is named after the laparoscope, which is a tiny tube that boasts a light source and a small camera which displays pictures of internal organs on a television monitor. Without creating big incisions under the skin, laparoscopy can identify medical issues, perform biopsies, and even remove damaged or diseased organs.
Who is Eligible For Laparoscopy?
An individual's eligibility for laparoscopy treatment is mostly determined by their health. It is most commonly used to treat systemic or physiological health issues in gynaecology, gastrology, urology, and other fields. Hence, patients suffering from these health issues is eligible for laparoscopy.
Why is Laparoscopy Conducted?
Laparoscopy is used to locate and detect the source of discomfort in the abdomen or pelvis. Laparoscopy may be used by the doctor to evaluate organs such as the appendix, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, intestines, spleen, stomach, and the pelvic region.
The doctor can identify the following problems by examining the abdominal areas:
- Tumor or abdominal mass
- The presence of fluid in the abdominal cavity
- Liver diseases
- The efficacy of specialized therapies
- The extent to which cancer has spread
Different Types of Laparoscopy
Laparoscopy, can help treat a variety of urological issues in both men and women. It has various categories including:
- Hernia repair, also known as laparoscopic hernia repair
- Kidney transplantation
- Surgical removal of the kidney or urinary bladder stones
- In males, prostate removal is performed.
- Pelvic organ prolapse correction
- Reconstruction of the urethra
- Reconstructive vaginal surgery
- Orchiopexy- Repair of an undescended testicle into the scrotum.
Benefits of Laparoscopy
When compared to regular surgery, laparoscopy has various advantages:
- Fewer scars.
- Less hospital time
- Less discomfort while healing
- Internal scarring may be reduced.
If you undergo laparoscopic surgery, you may only need to stay in the hospital for two nights. Patients can expect to recover within two or three weeks.
Risks or Complications Associated With Laparoscopy
Some common risks associated with laparoscopy include infections, bleeding, or organ damage near the abdomen. These are, however, rare. A laparoscopy may cause minor harm to the organs being probed. It's important to keep an eye out for any signs of infection after your treatment. If you have any of the below symptoms, see your doctor:
- High fever
- Abdominal pain that does not go away
- Redness, discolouration, bleeding, swelling, or drainage at incision areas
- Vomiting or nausea
- Continuous coughing
- Difficulty breathing
- Unable to urinate
Laparoscopic surgery, often known as laparoscopy, is a surgical procedure performed to examine internal organs. Many doctors advocate the procedure for obtaining a real-time image of the organs without undergoing open surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is frequently preferred over traditional treatment approaches since it entails less post-operative discomfort, faster healing, shorter hospital stays, earlier return to normal activities, and significantly smaller scars.
Laparoscopic surgery is done using an instrument called a laparoscope. It is a long slender device that is inserted inside the abdomen through a small incision. It also has an attached camera which allows the doctor to view the inside of your organs on a monitor.
Patients may be released the same day of surgery or may be required to stay in the hospital for 1-3 days following certain operations. After the first 48-72 hours, oral drugs will significantly relieve discomfort produced by the incision around the belly button. A week following the procedure, you can return to work.
General anaesthesia is commonly used during laparoscopic surgery, to numb the pain.
Contact your doctor right away if you experience any of the following symptoms: Pain that is severe or gets worse, fever, heavy vaginal bleeding, redness, swelling or discharge from the incision, fainting, inability to urinate, vomiting, difficulty breathing, or chest pain. To get a consultation, request an appointment at Apollo Fertility, Thane, or call 1860 500 4424 to book an appointment