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Laparoscopy – The parenthood dreams made simple

Laparoscopy – The parenthood dreams made simple

For those who have been trying to have a child, laparoscopy is their key to happiness. Popularly known as keyhole surgery, laparoscopy is your safest ticket to parenthood. A surgical procedure where a video camera-embedded fibre-optic tube is inserted into the abdomen through minor incisions, laparoscopy is done to investigate fertility issues in major and also for gall bladder removal, appendectomy or gastric band placement. The tube, known as a laparoscope, aids visual examination of pelvic activity and reproductive organs, assists treatment of endometriosis, pelvic adhesions, ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids and improves the chances of a woman to have a baby. Performed under general anesthesia, it leaves behind little or zero scars.

The procedure

In case of laparoscopy for infertility, always go for a gyneacological laparoscopic surgeon who is well-qualified and experienced in operative laparoscopy. Normally done by inserting the laparoscope through the belly button or minor incisions and inflating the abdominal/pelvic area using carbondioxide gas (which will be removed later) to let the surgeon view the interior of the cavity on the video screen, analyse the possible causes of infertility and operate. The xenon-light-embedded laparoscope magnifies the cavity up to 20 times and with the aid of the powerful xenon light, the surgery can be done better without leaving behind any room for error or misjudgment. The procedure may last 30-45 minutes.

When to go for laparoscopy?

A doctor prescribes laparoscopy for infertility generally only after fertility tests fail to reach a conclusive diagnosis. Apart from unexplained infertility, the procedure is also used for biopsy of cysts that hamper fertility, removal of scar tissues, to unblock fallopian tubes and to treat endometriosis. It is done in cases of myomectomy (removal of fibroids from uterus), adhesiolysis (removal of tissue bands that acts as adhesives between organs, causing pain and are infertility), ovarian cystectomy (removal of cysts from the ovary), ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside uterus), PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Drilling), radical hysterectomy (cancer surgery), ileal vaginoplasty (absence of vagina), laparoscopic cerclage (recurrent pregnancy loss) and recannalisation (enabling conception in already sterlised patients).

Advantages over open surgery

  • Less traumatic due to small incisions and lesser discomfort
  • Same day admission, next day discharge.
  • Lesser blood loss as smaller blood vessels can be spotted on the screen.
  • Less chance of infection due to smaller wounds.
  • Quicker recovery. Back to normal life in one or two weeks.
  • Greater chance of conceiving compared to conventional operation.
  • Cost-effective.
  • Cosmetic or no scars.

Post-laparoscopy

The patient will be on glucose drip for a few hours and the bandages can be removed in 24 hours. Medicines will take care of the pain and nausea (which might not even need medication). No restriction on diet and the patient can be back on her feet and resume work in a few days after uncomplicated procedures.

Risks and side effects

The risks are the same or lesser than those associated with traditional surgical procedures such as anesthesia complications, bleeding or infection. But laparoscopy, in majority of the cases, increases the chance of getting pregnant. After the healing period of a few weeks, natural conception can be possible in many cases.

Rarely do risks like allergy, skin irritation, nerve damage happen after laparoscopy, most of them minor issues. There have been rare instances of laparoscope causing injuries to abdominal or pelvic organs, mostly in those who are overweight or have undergone previous abdominal surgeries.

Why choose Sunrise Hospital?

Consistently high IVF success rates from our expert team of doctors coupled with several notable achievements in the field of infertility treatment makes Sunrise Hospital the best choice for you to embrace parenthood.

Having performed 1,20,000 laparoscopic surgeries, our surgeon holds the record of performing the largest series of laparoscopic surgeries by any one single laparoscopic surgeon. With 30,000 hysteroctomies to the credit of our assisted reproduction centre, it also marks the record of the largest series of laparoscopic hysterectomies done by any a single laparoscopic surgeon.

There are other reasons too:

  • Largest fibroid (5.4 kg weight) removed laparoscopically – an international record.
  • First documented successful amniopatch for premature pre-labour rupture of membranes – a national record.
  • New innovative laparoscopic sling surgery for conservative management of uterine prolapse without any recurrence till date.
  • Laparoscopic encerclage (antenatal and interval) procedure for cervical incompetence.
  • Successful emergency cervical encerclage for prolapsed amniotic membranes.
  • Laparoscopic unification surgery for bicornuate uterus.
  • Laparoscopic management of acute post-partum uterine inversion.

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