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Laparoscopy Specialist

OB-GYN Associates of Marietta

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Marietta, GA & Woodstock, GA

Laparoscopic surgery is a superior way to address a number of complex gynecological conditions. The expert doctors at OB-GYN Associates of Marietta provide this minimally invasive surgical technique for procedures such as endometriosis removal and hysterectomy. Call one of the locations in Marietta or Woodstock, Georgia, or schedule an appointment online to find out if laparoscopic surgery is the right course of treatment for your gynecological health needs.

Laparoscopy Q & A

What is laparoscopic surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical technique that uses a thin, lighted telescope for diagnosis and repair of many conditions, including those affecting your pelvic organs. During laparoscopy procedures, the doctors at OB-GYN Associates of Marietta make very small incisions into which the laparoscope is inserted.

The images presented by the camera on the scope can help diagnose issues such as endometriosis or fibroids when imaging tests, such as ultrasound, are inconclusive. If a problem is found, the doctors can then remove or repair it using miniature instruments that go through other small incisions.

What are the benefits of laparoscopy?

At one time, conventional open surgery was the only option for many pelvic organ conditions. Open surgery involves large incisions, long recoveries, blood loss, and a heightened risk of infection.

Laparoscopy offers a valid alternative to conventional open surgery, and you get the same or superior results. Plus the benefits of laparoscopy include:

  • Reduced pain
  • Faster healing
  • Less blood loss
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Reduced scarring

Talk to the doctors at OB-GYN Associates of Marietta to determine if you’re a candidate for laparoscopy.

What conditions can be treated with laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy has diagnostic and surgical applications. Laparoscopy may be used to:

  • Examine a tissue mass
  • Determine the cause of pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Confirm endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Look for causes of infertility, such as blockages in the fallopian tubes

Surgeries using laparoscopy may include:

  • Endometriosis excision
  • Tubal ligation
  • Hysterectomy
  • Fibroid removal
  • Ovarian cyst removal

Laparoscopy is usually performed on an outpatient basis, so you go home the same day.

Is laparoscopy safe?

Laparoscopy is incredibly safe. Complications are rare and recovery is fast. If you have concerns about the procedure, discuss them with the doctors at OB-GYN Associates of Marietta to ease your worries.

What is recovery like following laparoscopy?

Recovery from laparoscopy is quicker than with traditional open surgery but still takes several weeks. You may experience some swelling in your abdomen for several days after the procedure. Nausea, a sore throat, and gas in the abdomen also are expected. The gas in your abdomen can cause referential pain in the neck and shoulders.

You may have vaginal bleeding for up to one month following laparoscopy. You can resume sexual activity one week after surgery or as determined by your doctor.

To learn more about laparoscopy, call the office or book an appointment online.