Pelvic Laparoscopy Information

If you are having symptoms like unexplained vaginal bleeding, your healthcare provider may recommend a diagnostic laparoscopy. This procedure involves using a specialized camera called a laparoscope to see inside the body. In some cases, it may also be possible to treat the condition using the laparoscope.
It is impossible to list all of the possible conditions that could require exploration and possible treatment with a laparoscopy. However, common gynecological problems evaluated with a laparoscope include:
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic adhesions
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Pelvic or ovarian masses, such as ovarian cysts.
A diagnostic laparoscopy offers many advantages over traditional surgery. With laparoscopy, people usually have shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery times because it is a simpler, less invasive procedure.
(For more information on this pelvic procedure, including possible complications, click Diagnostic Laparoscopy.)
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD