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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.

Site Name/Author
What You'll Find
Dr. Uwe G. Kühnapfel Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH Institut für Angewandte Informatik

The 'Karlsruhe Endoscopic Surgery Trainer.'
A 'Virtual Reality` based Training System for Minimally Invasive Surgery. Accreditation Council for Gynecologic Endoscopy (ACGE) Information on physicians accredited in endoscopic procedures. American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (ACGE) Professional site of ACGE. Includes a physician locator. 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.
Marelyn Medina, MD
Mission Hospital
(Edinburg, Texas)
Patient Information: About laparoscopy and endoscopy.
Dr. Richard Boesel
University Ob/Gyn Associates 1997
What is a diagnostic laparoscopy? Atlanta Reproductive Health Center WWW Laparoscopy: What can you expect? 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.

Medline abstract.

Abstract: Major Complications of Laparoscopy: A Follow-up Finnish Study
Härkki-Siren P, Sjöberg J, Kurki T
Obstet Gynecol 94(1):94-98, July 1999

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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