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Laparoscopy Specialist

Capital Women's Care

OB-GYNs located in Arlington, VA & McLean, VA

Laparoscopy is a simple and minimally invasive surgical procedure. The OB/GYNs at Capital Women's Care perform this procedure for diagnostic purposes, and it's also used to remove ovarian cysts and even in a hysterectomy. One of the most significant advantages of laparoscopy is that it's much less invasive than open surgery (traditional surgery with large incisions.) Thanks to its less intrusive nature, Arlington, Virginia area patients can expect an easier and faster recovery.

Laparoscopy Q&A

What is laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive type of surgery. The Capital Women's Care OB/GYNs often perform laparoscopy in place of traditional open surgery.

Laparoscopy incisions are much smaller than those of open surgery (usually just 0.5–1.5 cm each). It's a popular option for many surgeries today because it's easier on the patient, and because it allows a high level of precision for the doctor.

Which procedures does the doctor do via laparoscopy?

Your Capital Women's Care OB/GYN performs several different procedures via laparoscopy. These include:

  • Ovarian cyst removal
  • Uterine cyst removal
  • Hysterectomy
  • Endometriosis removal

If you're suffering from pain and abnormal bleeding, your doctor may perform laparoscopy as a diagnostic procedure.

How does the doctor perform laparoscopy?

Your OB/GYN at Capital Women's Care performs laparoscopic surgery through a laparoscope, a slender tube that's usually inserted into the abdomen around the navel area.

Thanks to the miniature camera within the laparoscope, your doctor has a magnified view of the uterus, ovaries, and other interior organs. The doctor views these images on a nearby screen, where they can use them to guide their movements during the procedure.

Your doctor places the medical tools through the small incisions -- usually no more than three or four incisions in total. In a procedure like a hysterectomy, your doctor removes the uterus through the small incisions.

What type of anesthesia do you need during laparoscopy?

During a laparoscopy, you'll have either local anesthesia or general anesthesia, depending on the procedure and on your individual needs. Regardless of the anesthesia type, you won't be in any pain during the surgery.

How long does laparoscopy recovery take?

Recovery from laparoscopy is much easier than recovery from open surgical procedures. The smaller incision size is one of the main reasons that recovery is so much easier. With smaller incisions, laparoscopy generates less blood.

You can recover at home following a laparoscopy; most patients don't need to stay overnight in the hospital. The recovery time may vary based on the procedure.

Diagnostic laparoscopy recovery is faster than a laparoscopic hysterectomy recovery, for example. However, most laparoscopy patients need only a week or so off work for recovery.

The OB/GYNs at Capital Women's Care perform laparoscopic surgery for many gynecological problems today, and they're ready to help. Arrange an appointment with the online tool or contact the office via phone soon!