Laparoscopic (also known as minimally invasive) surgery is one of the most exciting advancements to take place in medicine in recent decades. Surgery used to mean an open procedure with a relatively large incision, and a lengthy risk of potential complications. With modern medical technology and forward-leaning approaches, women now have access to a safer surgical option that can meet a wide range of gynecological needs. Through his practice at Advanced Women’s Center, Dr. Okey Okoli offers laparoscopic surgery as one of many treatment options. If you would like to learn more, or have any questions or concerns, schedule an appointment using the online tool, or call the San Antonio, Texas, office.
Laparoscopic — or “minimally invasive” — surgery uses a special device called a laparoscope to view the inner areas of your pelvis. It’s a modern alternative to traditional, open surgery.
The laparoscope is a very thin medical telescope that contains a light. By guiding the laparoscope through your body, Dr. Okoli can visually inspect many areas of your reproductive system. The information gleaned during the exam helps him determine what additional screening measures are required.
Laparoscopic surgery has a reduced risk of complications when compared to traditional open surgery. It creates smaller scars, and has a shorter recovery period. For many women, this approach is far preferable to the options available to previous generations of women.
Laparoscopy has value as both a diagnostic and treatment tool. The procedure is often used to diagnose:
Laparoscopic surgery is also used as a treatment tool to address:
On the day of your procedure, you’ll arrive and prepare for surgery by changing into a gown. Medication will help ensure that you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. You’ll likely have a catheter placed inside your urethra to collect any urine.
Next, Dr. Okoli uses a very small needle to fill your abdomen with carbon dioxide. This allows a better view of the surgical site, and reduces the risk of harm to surrounding organs and tissues.
A small incision in your navel allows Dr. Okoli to insert the laparoscope and guide it to the area being treated or examined. If the procedure is done for diagnostic purposes, a thorough visual inspection is performed.
The laparoscope transmits images to an external screen, so that Dr. Okoli can have a real-time view of your reproductive organs.
Depending on the reason for the laparoscopic procedure, additional incisions may be necessary, and specialized surgical tools are used to complete the process. Once Dr. Okoli is satisfied with the results, he removes the instruments and closes the incisions with sutures.
Your recovery experience depends on the nature of the surgery, and your overall health.
If you’re interested in learning more about laparoscopic surgery and its applications in gynecologic health, schedule an appointment with Advanced Women’s Center as soon as possible.