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Laparoscopy

Oahu OB/GYN

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Honolulu, HI & Kapolei, HI

If you need treatment for ovarian cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, or other women’s health issues, but are leery of surgery, Lynette W. Tsai, MD, and Monique Leung, MD, of Oahu OB/GYN, offer laparoscopy. This minimally invasive procedure has a number of benefits over open surgery, including smaller scars and shorter recovery times. Find out if you’re a candidate for laparoscopy today by calling or booking a consultation at the practice’s convenient locations in Honolulu or Kapolei, Hawaii.

Laparoscopy Q & A

What is laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy is an alternative to traditional “open” surgery. Sometimes called minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopy requires smaller incisions than conventional surgery, where your incision can be several inches long. 

Why would I need laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy is an effective alternative to treat a range of gynecological conditions and is a popular option for hysterectomy. The team at Oahu OB/GYN recommends the procedure to diagnose or treat the following conditions, among others.

Endometriosis

Laparoscopy can both diagnose endometriosis and remove endometrial tissue during the same procedure.

Fibroids

Laparoscopic surgery can remove fibroids, growths forming inside and outside your uterus, to relieve pain and heavy bleeding.

Ovarian cysts

Laparoscopy can remove cysts that develop on your ovaries.

Pelvic floor disorders

Laparoscopy can correct pelvic organ prolapse, where your uterus, bladder, or rectum drop into your vagina. 

How is laparoscopic surgery done?

The surgical team at Oahu OB/GYN performs laparoscopic surgery with a laparoscope, a slim device they insert into your abdomen via a small incision. Equipped with a tiny camera, the laparoscope sends images to an electronic monitor, giving your doctor a real-time view of the inside of your abdomen and pelvic organs. Your doctor also injects painless gas into your abdomen to provide a clearer view of your organs.

If you need surgery, your doctor inserts small instruments through the same incision. In some cases, they make an additional tiny cut in your abdomen to perform surgery. 

You typically receive general anesthesia before laparoscopic procedures. Your doctor closes your incisions with a few stitches. You usually can go home the same day.

What are the benefits of laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy offers several benefits over open surgery, including:

  • Less pain after surgery
  • Smaller incision
  • Shorter stays in the hospital 
  • Speedier recovery
  • Lower risk of infection

You also may heal faster and have smaller scars after laparoscopic surgery compared to open surgery. 

If you have a women’s health issue that requires surgery and you’re concerned about the long recovery times of open surgery, laparoscopy might be an ideal solution. Find out if you’re a candidate by calling today or booking a consultation online with one of the surgical experts at Oahu OB/GYN.