What is laparoscopy? Why is laparoscopy performed during fertility treatment?
Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure in which a thin, lighted telescope (laparoscope) is inserted through a small incision in the abdominal wall to examine the inside of the abdominal cavity. It is often used to diagnose and treat problems in the abdominal organs, such as the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.
Laparoscopy may be performed during fertility treatment to evaluate the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes for any abnormalities that could affect fertility. It can also be used to diagnose and treat certain conditions that can cause fertility problems, such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or ovarian cysts.
Laparoscopy is usually performed on an outpatient basis, and it is typically done under general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour, and recovery time is usually short.
It is important to discuss your specific needs and concerns with a healthcare provider to determine if laparoscopy is appropriate for you and to understand the potential risks and benefits of the procedure.