Why It Is Done
Laparoscopy is done to:
- Check for and possibly take out abnormal growths (such as tumors) in the belly or pelvis.
- Check for and treat conditions such as Reference endometriosis Opens New Window, Reference ectopic pregnancy Opens New Window, or Reference pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) Opens New Window.
- Find conditions that can make it hard for a woman to become pregnant. These conditions include cysts, adhesions, Reference fibroids Opens New Window, and infection. Laparoscopy may be done after initial infertility tests do not show the cause for the infertility.
- Do a biopsy.
- See whether cancer in another area of the body has spread to the belly.
- Check for damage to internal organs, such as the spleen, after an injury or accident.
- Do a Reference tubal ligation Opens New Window.
- Fix a Reference hiatal hernia Opens New Window or an Reference inguinal hernia Opens New Window.
- Take out organs, such as the Reference uterus Opens New Window, Reference spleen Opens New Window, Reference gallbladder Opens New Window (laparoscopic cholecystectomy), Reference ovaries Opens New Window, or Reference appendix Opens New Window (appendectomy). Partial removal (resection) of the colon also can be done.
- Find the cause of sudden or ongoing pelvic pain.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 1, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Deborah A. Penava, BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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