Laparoscopy Specialist

When you experience chronic pelvic pain or you have abnormal bleeding, laparoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that’s used to diagnose the underlying cause and perform surgery to treat the problem. Dr. Judy Wei and her team at Capri Medical have extensive experience performing laparoscopy. If you have any questions or gynecological concerns, please call their office in Irvine, California, or schedule an appointment online.

Laparoscopy Q & A
What is laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy is a type of minimally invasive procedure used to diagnose and treat health conditions in the abdomen and pelvis. It uses specialized medical tools contained within long, thin tubes that can be inserted through small incisions. Where traditional open surgery uses one long incision, the incisions for laparoscopy are less than one-half inch long.

The key piece of medical equipment in minimally invasive surgery is a laparoscope, which holds a high-intensity light and a high-definition video camera that transmits magnified, 3-D images to a large screen. The laparoscope can be used alone to examine structures inside your pelvis and diagnose the underlying cause of symptoms like pelvic pain and bleeding.

While your doctor at Capri Medical views images from the laparoscope, she can take a tissue biopsy and perform surgery to treat the condition by controlling instruments inserted through other small incisions.

What are the advantages of minimally invasive surgery?

Small incisions cause less trauma to your body, which provides important health advantages such as:

  • Faster healing

  • Earlier return to normal activities

  • Less postoperative pain

  • Minimal scarring

  • Reduced bleeding

  • Lower risk of infection

  • Outpatient surgery

  • Shorter time in hospital if inpatient surgery is required

What types of procedures are performed using laparoscopy?

Laparoscopic surgery can be used to perform many procedures that used to require open surgery. Some of the most common gynecologic procedures include:

  • Myomectomy: Removal of uterine fibroids while preserving the uterus

  • Ovarian cystectomy: Removal of cysts or tumors in the ovaries

  • Fallopian tube cystectomy: Removal of cysts or tumors affecting fallopian tubes

  • Endometrial ablation: To treat abnormal or painful menstrual bleeding

  • Salpingo-oophorectomy: Removal of one or both ovaries and fallopian tubes

  • Hysterectomy: Partial or total removal of uterus

  • Resection of endometriosis: Remove endometrial growths

  • Permanent sterilization

  • Procedures to repair pelvic organ prolapse

  • Tissue biopsy

What is a hysteroscopy?

Hysteroscopy is similar to laparoscopy – it uses a long, thin camera called a hysteroscope – but it’s specifically used to diagnose and treat problems inside the uterus. During this procedure, the hysteroscope is inserted through the vagina into the uterus.

Your doctor at Capri Medical uses hysteroscopy to remove abnormalities in your uterus, such as endometrial polyps, uterine fibroids, and scar tissue. This type of surgery can also be used to treat uterine septum, a tissue that divides all or part of the uterine cavity, and malignant