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Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is a surgical technique in which a lighted viewing instrument (laparoscope) is inserted into the lower abdomen through a small incision, usually made below the navel. The abdomen is inflated with air injected through a needle, which pushes the wall of the abdomen away from the organs so the doctor can see them more clearly.

Laparoscopy may be used for both diagnosis and treatment. Incisions may be made so that other instruments, such as cutting devices or lasers, can be inserted to treat certain problems. With laparoscopy, the doctor can identify diseased organs, take tissue samples for biopsy, and remove abnormal growths.

Laparoscopy may allow a person to avoid more invasive open surgery that uses larger incisions. Compared to open surgery, it leaves smaller scars, is often less risky, and usually requires a shorter recovery period.

Laparoscopy is often used to diagnose and treat problems in the female reproductive organs, such as endometriosis, infertility, or tubal pregnancy. Tubal ligation (female sterilization) can also be done with laparoscopic surgery.

Laparoscopy may be used for a variety of procedures in both men and women, such as to remove the gallbladder.

COVID-19 Update

Telemedicine visits are now available. Please call our office at (585) 641-0399 to book your appointment, or request an appointment online today!

Genesee Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C. is closely following the most up-to-date announcements and information on the known cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Because this information is always changing, we will be monitoring all updates from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control. 

If you are or your anyone in your family is experiencing cold or flu symptoms, or have travelled outside the country recently (in the last 14 days), please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (585) 641-0399. 

Here are a few additional resources as well: 

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control

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