Why It Is Done
Laparoscopy is done to:
- Check for and possibly take out abnormal
growths (such as tumors) in the belly or pelvis.
- Check for and
treat conditions such as
ectopic pregnancy, or
pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
conditions that can make it hard for a woman to become pregnant. These
conditions include cysts, adhesions,
fibroids, and infection. Laparoscopy may be done after
initial infertility tests do not show the cause for the
- Do a biopsy.
- See whether cancer in another
area of the body has spread to the belly.
- Check for damage to
internal organs, such as the spleen, after an injury or
- Do a
- Fix a
hiatal hernia or an
inguinal hernia .
- Take out organs, such as the
gallbladder (laparoscopic cholecystectomy),
appendix (appendectomy). Partial removal (resection)
of the colon also can be done.
- Find the cause of sudden or ongoing
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Deborah A. Penava, BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology
August 1, 2012
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