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.
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:
In most cases, alternatives to laparoscopy are available. Dr. Mayer will explain all of these options in detail to patients before scheduling a procedure.
Laparoscopy offers several benefits over traditional surgical procedures, including a lower risk of complications, a smaller incision, and a shorter recovery period.
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.
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.
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.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!