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 Dr. Krystal Pham 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 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.
Small incisions cause less trauma to your body, which provides important health advantages such as:
Laparoscopic surgery can be used to perform many procedures that used to require open surgery. Some of the most common gynecologic procedures include:
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