During laparoscopic procedure 3-4 very small incisions are performed in the abdomen (tummy) (usually they have 1 centimeter diameter each). Laparoscopic instruments and a camera are put through these incisions.
The doctor with a special insuflator puts gas into the abdomen in order to see clearly and to have more room to operate. The camera sends the images onto a high-definition screen and it provides us a clear view of the area using high magnification.
At last but not least, the sutures (on each abdominal incision) are subcuticular and they get absorbed by the body so it is not needed to be removed by a doctor.
In which cases could a laparoscopy be used in gynecology?
- Diagnosis and treatment of infertility problems
- Resection of adhesions
- Excision of endometriosis
- Resection of fibroids
- Resection of ovarian cysts
- Prophylactic ovary removal
- Laparoscopic hysterectomy
- Laparoscopic Salpingostomy (unblocking of a blocked fallopian tube)
- Laparoscopic salpingectomy (removal of one or both fallopian tubes)
Why is Laparoscopy recommended?
- Short hospitalization time (usually you discharge from the hospital a day after the procedure)
- Rapid recovery and return to normal activity
- Significantly less post-operative pain
- The incisions are less than 1 centimeter, so the cosmetic result is optimal
- It is a safe procedure with few post-operative complications (including infections)
- At the same time of the surgery, the doctor can closely examine the abdominal organs due to high definition images and the visual magnification
- Improvement of fertility rates
How do I decide which option is better for me?
Consult Dr. Marinakis a specialist Gynecologist - Endoscopic surgeon.
Doctor should examine you in order to be assured that there is an indication for a Laparoscopic surgery.
If they have discouraged you from Laparoscopy, and you do not have enough information not only about the indications of the procedure, but also about your plan of treatment, you might have been in the wrong place!
Overall, laparoscopy is a really safe procedure; however every single medical procedure is safe only if it is managed by a specialist.
Gynecologist Dr. Marinakis specialises in minimal access surgery (hysteroscopy & laparoscopy). He is certified in advanced laparoscopy and hysteroscopy by Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He was also a member of Laparoscopic training unit “MATTU” in United Kingdom.
How much does a laparoscopy cost?
The cost of a laparoscopic procedure is low and it usually depends on your health insurance cover.