Diagnostic Laparoscopy Alternatives

For patients not wanting diagnostic laparoscopy, alternatives can be used to help the doctor make a diagnosis. Alternative procedures include hysteroscopy, ultrasound, and major abdominal surgery. It is important to discuss your options with your healthcare provider to determine which alternative may be right for you.

Alternatives to Diagnostic Laparoscopy: An Overview

Diagnostic laparoscopy is a procedure used to look inside a woman's abdomen. It can be used to diagnose and treat several different conditions, including those that cause pelvic pain or unexplained vaginal bleeding.
There are several other tests available to look for possible causes of pelvic pain and vaginal bleeding. The choice of which and how many tests to perform depends on your history of problems and your current symptoms. And some of these tests may not be right for your situation. Possible procedures and tests that may be recommended besides laparoscopy include:
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Hysterosalpingogram
  • Ultrasound
  • Major abdominal surgery.
Hysteroscopy is a procedure during which a small telescope-like instrument is placed through the vagina and cervix into the uterus to look for abnormalities within the uterine cavity.
Hysterosalpingogram is a procedure during which dye is injected through the vagina and cervix into the uterus and the fallopian tubes. An x-ray is then taken, which can tell your doctor whether the tubes are blocked or open, whether there are any fibroids inside the uterus, or whether there are any irregularities of the uterine cavity.
Ultrasound is a common examination during which high-frequency sound waves create pictures of your internal abdominal structures. This is done by placing an instrument on your abdomen or in your vagina.
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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