How successful is Laparoscopy? Info from a Denver Fertility Clinic
- Posted on: Mar 1 2014
Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure with two main functions: diagnostic and operative. Diagnostic laparoscopy is used primarily for the examination of the internal regions of the abdomen, and for cases of fertility is used within the pelvic region to assess potential damage to the uterus from conditions such as endometriosis. Surgical laparoscopy is used in the treatment of a variety of conditions, but is often used for the removal of endometrial growth to increase the chances of pregnancy.
Due to the minimalist approach of this surgery when it comes to the incisions made, laparoscopy is much more successful than a full open abdominal procedure. As a result, there is often much less scarring, with a shorter recovery time.
Many patients are able to return to normal activity the day after having this surgery. For those having it due to fertility reasons it is immeasurable what the procedure can achieve.
For infertility conditions that are inhibiting a pregnancy, most notably endometrial growth, having this laparoscopic procedure can benefit the patient. There are cases when endometrial growth has progressed to the point of blocking either large portions of the uterus, or blocking the fallopian tubes directly with scar tissue, this surgery provides a means to remedy this.
In the case of blocked fallopian tubes, diagnostic laparoscopy is used in the form of a dye test. The fallopian tubes are filled with a dye which is then monitored to ensure it leaves the tubes from each end. In cases where the dye does not leave, either one end of a tube has been scarred closed with growth, or if the entrance to the tube itself has been blocked. Laparoscopy is very successful in removing this excess tissue and freeing the tube.
The success of laparoscopy relies heavily on the skill of the Denver gynecologic surgeon administering the process, and on the location of growth affecting the patient. Due to this, the exact percentage of the surgery increasing the chance of a pregnancy is unknown.
Generally, by removing the blockage to the uterus and providing more area without scar tissue to implant within increases these chances. Complications of the procedure are rare, but can include pelvic infection and the re-formation of endometrial tissue.
In cases where laparoscopy has been performed and natural pregnancy still retains a poor prognosis, the attending Denver reproductive endocrinologist may recommend a reproductive assistance procedure such as in vitro fertilization.
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