Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy Specialist
Laparoscopy is a method Dr. Ralph Mayer uses to view the inside of the uterus and/or perform surgical procedures without a large incision. As a urogynecologist and board-certified gynecologist, Ralph Mayer, MD offers laparoscopic procedures to patients in Beverly Hills, California, with a variety of different conditions and symptoms.

Laparoscopy Q & A

Ralph Mayer, MD

What is laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure that utilizes a thin tube equipped with a light. Dr. Mayer inserts this tube into the pelvis through a small incision in the abdomen.

What is the purpose of a laparoscopy?

Dr. Mayer uses laparoscopy to perform certain surgical procedures or to examine the structures inside the pelvis. Some of the most common uses for laparoscopy include:

  • Collecting a tissue sample
  • Performing a tubal ligation
  • Performing a hysterectomy
  • Diagnose certain conditions, such as endometriosis or organ damage

In most cases, alternatives to laparoscopy are available. Dr. Mayer will explain all of these options in detail to patients before scheduling a procedure.

What are the benefits of laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy offers several benefits over traditional surgical procedures, including a lower risk of complications, a smaller incision, and a shorter recovery period.

What are the risks of laparoscopy?

As with any surgical procedure, patients who undergo laparoscopy may be at risk of infection, excessive bleeding, blood clots, and bad reactions to anesthesia. However, these risks are often lower with laparoscopy than with a standard surgical procedure.

How do patients feel after laparoscopic surgery?

Following laparoscopic surgery, patients may feel some discomfort. However, the pain associated with laparoscopic procedures is usually more mild than pain associated with traditional surgery. Dr. Mayer can prescribe painkillers to help patients deal with postoperative discomfort.

How long does it take to recover from laparoscopic surgery?

The recovery period for patients who have undergone laparoscopic surgery varies based on the type of procedure. For example, patients undergoing laparoscopy for a biopsy will recover faster than patients who have undergone a laparoscopic hysterectomy. Dr. Mayer will explain how long recovery will take prior to the procedure.

If you need a laparoscopy, call or schedule an appointment online at Ralph Mayer, MD. The practice is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most major forms of insurance. 

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