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Laparoscopy in Andrews, TX

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure we perform using a laparoscope, a special instrument with a thin, lighted tube and a small camera that allows us to operate with greater precision. We use laparoscopy to diagnose and treat conditions such as pelvic pain, uterine fibroids, scar tissue and endometriosis. We also use laparoscopy to remove ovaries and fallopian tubes during total laparoscopic hysterectomy. Despite the fact that laparoscopy is minimally invasive, it can take up to three hours and is still considered major surgery, with major risks and potential for complications. Laparoscopy usually requires an hour or two worth of immediate postsurgical recovery time and about a week off from work.

What to expect

A half-inch incision is made in the navel and possibly other areas, through which instruments are inserted. Sometimes the abdominal cavity is inflated with carbon dioxide gas to enable visualization. Then Dr. Waddingham carefully examines each area. He may take samples for biopsy and/or remove the endometriosis, uterine fibroids or scar tissue. The length of the procedure depends on the reason for laparoscopy and the diagnosis. The procedure results in very little scarring, and most patients can go home the same day.

Risk factors

Thes are rare, but conditions that might complicate the procedure include previous abdominal surgery, obesity or extreme thinness, advanced endometriosis, chronic bowel disease and pelvic infection.

Complications

These are also rare and include damage to pelvic structures or blood vessels, problems with urination, adhesions, blood clots, allergic reaction and nerve damage.

Discover advanced minimally invasive procedures close to home. Call 432-523-6624 for more information or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. Our laparoscopy patients come to us from Andrews, Seminole, Lamesa, Midland, Odessa and surrounding areas.

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