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|Magnetic Resolution Imaging|
Laparoscopy uses a slender instrument (the laparoscope) to help the doctor see inside the abdomen.
The laparoscopy is inserted through a small cut just below or through the navel. The doctor can see fibroids on the outside of the uterus as well as those that distort the shape of the body of the uterus. In addition, the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and surrounding pelvic region can all be visualized.
Laparoscopy is considered an outpatient surgical procedure and is done under regional or general anesthesia. Because of this, it is rarely used in the diagnosis of uterine fibroids. If a woman is experiencing a tremendous amount of pain that may be indicative of endometriosis, laparoscopy is used to establish a definitive diagnosis. This can be important because treatment options available to you for your uterine fibroids are impacted by the presence of endometriosis.
What You'll Find
|Dr. Uwe G. Kühnapfel Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH Institut für Angewandte Informatik||
Endoscopic Surgery Trainer.'
|www.aagl.com/acge.asp/||Accreditation Council for Gynecologic Endoscopy (ACGE)||Information on physicians accredited in endoscopic procedures.|
|www.aagl.com||American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (ACGE)||Professional site of ACGE. Includes a physician locator.|
|www.sls.org/||Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons||The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) was established to help ensure the highest standards for the practice of laparoscopic, endoscopic, and minimally invasive surgery.|
|Patient Information: About laparoscopy and endoscopy.|
University Ob/Gyn Associates 1997
|What is a diagnostic laparoscopy?|
|www.ivf.com/laprscpy.html||Atlanta Reproductive Health Center WWW||Laparoscopy: What can you expect?|
|www.laparoscopy.com||laparoscopy.com||Mega website for doctors performing laparoscopy.|
|Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago||Laparoscopic images of fibroids.|
|The ONNA Community||WWW.ONNA.ORG is an online community of people who want to have children, and who are finding it more difficult than they originally expected. This link takes you to an explanation of laparoscopy as well as patient stories from undergoing laparoscopic procedures.|
Major Complications of Laparoscopy: A Follow-up Finnish Study
Paper is a must read for those considering laparoscopy -- my guess is that most gyns will NOT share this level of information with a patient.
|Women's Surgery Group||Detailed explanation of laparoscopy.|
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