General Surgery is a form of minimally invasive surgery. The surgeon inserts a tiny telescope (laparascope) through a small incision at the umbilicus (belly-button). The laparoscope allows the surgeon to visualize the pelvic organs on a video monitor. Several additional smaller incisions are made in the abdomen for the surgeon to place specially designed surgical instruments, which help the surgeon carry out the same procedure as in open surgery.
A woman’s reproductive structures are located in her pelvis. Occasionally there can be conditions that affect the uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries that can be corrected surgically. Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive technique whereby pelvic pathology can be diagnosed and treated at the same time. Diagnostic and operative laparoscopy help evaluate gynecological problems such as uterine fibroids, structural abnormalities of the uterus, endometriosis, ovarian cysts and adhesions. Typically the patient can go home the same day.