A laparoscopy is a procedure using a thin, lighted tube with a video camera on the end to check the abdominal and/or pelvic organs, particularly if a physical exam, CT scan or X-ray does not provide clear results. Images from the video camera can be seen on a screen during the procedure. Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure and involves a small incision in the abdomen.
A laparoscopy can be used for:
- Taking a biopsy (sample of tissue)
- Appendectomy (removal of appendix)
- Cholecystectomy (removal of gallbladder)
- Determining the stage of a cancer
- Removing an ectopic pregnancy from a fallopian tube
- Treating endometriosis
It is also used to check organs for:
- Tumors or growths
- Unexplained pain
- Other conditions as needed
The specialists throughout Northwestern Medicine offer a comprehensive array of medical and surgical treatments and are dedicated to working closely with the patient to determine the most appropriate approach for her condition. As clinical and academic leaders, our specialists remain at the forefront of surgical innovation and are able to offer the most advanced surgical techniques and technologies. Our comprehensive (and growing) list of treatment options is a commitment to providing innovative and exemplary care to our patients.
Through our work with patients as well as available research, we understand that gynecologic conditions and treatments can take an emotional toll on individuals, couples and families. These conditions and treatments may also interfere with relationships, work, future family building and one’s self esteem. Because of the emotional toll of pelvic pain, bleeding and treatments for gynecologic conditions, our faculty includes a PhD clinical psychologist who can help you cope with the emotional toll treatment can cause on you, your spouse and other members of your family.