When you have a gynecological problem that requires surgery, chances are it can be done using minimally-invasive laparoscopy rather than open surgery. Dr. Anna Le and the team at Annandale Ob-Gyn choose laparoscopy whenever possible, because it’s an outpatient procedure that allows you to recover more quickly. If you have a health concern or know you may need laparoscopy, call one of their offices in Annandale or Alexandria, Virginia, or book a consultation online.
Laparoscopy is a minimally-invasive procedure that your doctor at Annandale Ob-Gyn & Primary Care uses to diagnose and treat health problems in your abdomen and reproductive organs.
Conventional surgery is performed using one large incision. By comparison, laparoscopy is minimally invasive because it’s done using several small incisions that are typically less than one-half inch long.
The procedure is named after a key piece of medical equipment, a laparoscope, which contains a high-definition video camera and a high-intensity light. In gynecological surgeries, a similar device called an endoscope may be used. The well-lit camera in both devices transmits magnified, 3D images to a large screen, giving your doctor a superior view of the surgical site.
The small incisions used during laparoscopy cause less trauma, which in turn provides significant health advantages:
Many minimally-invasive procedures are done in comfort in the offices of Annandale Ob-Gyn & Primary Care. Dr. Le and the team proudly offer a variety of in-office surgical procedures so you can avoid the expense of hospitalization.
Minimally-invasive surgery is considered if conservative treatment, such as medication, fails to help or when you have a severe condition that needs immediate care. Your doctor may recommend treating the following conditions with laparoscopy:
The laparoscope or endoscope is inserted through one incision in your abdomen. Long, thin tubes containing specially designed surgical tools are inserted through a few other incisions. While viewing the surgical site, your doctor controls the tools to complete your procedure.
Laparoscopy may be a diagnostic procedure used to take a tissue biopsy and determine the cause of pelvic pain or abnormal bleeding. It’s also used to perform sterilization and many other types of surgeries including: