Diagnostic laparoscopy is a surgical procedure, which allows a doctor to have a look at the pelvis or abdomen. This procedure is conducted to diagnose infection and infertility issues. Trough this procedure, the doctor can check out organs like the large and small bowel, uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes and even the gallbladder and liver.
Preparation for the procedure
- 8 hours fasting before the procedure is advisable
- The doctor should be informed of any allergies before hand
- Remove jewellery and dress up comfortably for the procedure
- Take someone along with you to drive you back after the procedure
During the Procedure
- The diagnostic laparoscopy may or may not require the patient to be admitted depending on the case in question.
- Local or general anesthesia would be used based on the specialist’s decision.
- To have a proper view of the internal organs, a small cut will be made on the abdomen to insert the laparoscope.
- If additional surgical tools have to be inserted the surgeon may make additional incisions.
- Once the entire procedure is completed, the doctor will not only take out all the tools and laparoscope; however, he/she will also cover the incisions.
- Certain medications will be prescribed for controlling the pain and preventing infection.
Risk and complication
- Although considered a safe procedure; it is very rare that a patient may develop any complication after a diagnostic laparoscopy due to factors like
- Infection and/or bleeding
- Abdominal discomfort and cramps
- Puncture of adjacent organ
Uses of the procedure
- The diagnostic laparoscopy is recommended to diagnose and detect conditions like
- Gallbladder inflammation
- Inflammatory diseases of the pelvic
- Malignant or benign tumors
- Evaluation of abdomen organ injuries
- For faster recovery post procedure, it is advisable to book a room on the ground floor( incase there is no lift) at a hotel close to the hospital.
- If the procedure is in your home city, you can go back home after the procedure. However, as a medical tourist, you would need to stay back for a day or two for recovery.
- If needed, a second opinion can be taken with a specialist before the procedure or as a follow-up afterwards.
- After the procedure, it is advisable not to drive for at least 24 hours. A patient can resume back to work after three days.