Diagnostic Laparoscopy Patient Information (FAQs)

Diagnostic Laparoscopy Patient Information (FAQs)

The procedure is usually done under general anesthesia.

The procedure is performed in the following way:

  • The surgeon makes a small incision below the belly button.
  • A needle or hollow tube called a trocar is inserted into the incision. Carbon dioxide gas is passed into the abdomen through the needle or tube. The gas helps expand the area, giving the surgeon more room to work, and helps the surgeon see the organs more clearly.
  • A tiny video camera called laparoscope is then placed through the trocar and is used to see the inside of your pelvis and abdomen. More small cuts may be made if other instruments are needed to get a better view of certain organs.
  • After the exam, the gas, laparoscope, and instruments are removed, and the cuts are closed. 
Recovery from diagnostic laparoscopy takes about 5 days. People who have had laparoscopic surgery need more recovery time depending upon the surgery performed.
  1. Written consent for surgery.
  2. Don't eat or drink as advised by the surgeon.
  3. Standard blood, urine, or X-ray testing may be required.
  4. Consult with your surgeon about the medicines you take.
Most common complication for any surgery is infection and bleeding. There is small risk for damage of abdominal organs, intestines, urinary bladder or blood vessels.
It is the procedure done to diagnose the disease through the image of abdomen using the telescope by a keyhole.
  1. You will be unconscious for a while because of the anaesthesia
  2. You will feel some pain at the site of incision, for which the doctor will prescribe you pain killers.
  1.  The surgery is performed under anaesthesia.
  2.  A port  is placed into the abdominal cavity.
  3.  A laparoscope connected to the camera is used to see the magnified image on the monitor.
  4.  2-3 more ports are placed to perform the surgery.
  5.  After the surgery the incision is closed with the suture.
It can be done under general or local anaesthesia.
        You should consult your doctor if you experience any of these:
  1. Fever
  2. Drainage from or redness any of your incisions
  3. Nausea or vomiting
  4. Abdominal swelling
  5. Bleeding
  6. Chills
  7. Persistent cough
  8. Shortness of breath
  9. Inability to urinate
  10. Pain not controlled by medication
Diagnostic Laparoscopy is performed to diagnose the disease and to see where exactly the problem lies.


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