What procedures can gynecologists perform laparoscopically?

June 21, 2011

Many gynecologists will remove laparoscopically ovaries/ovarian cysts and treat ectopic pregnancies as well as endometriosis. Hysterectomies, bladder suspension surgeries and pelvic floor repair can also be treated by laparoscopy but these procedures are more advanced and may require additional training.

Many gynecologists will remove laparoscopically ovaries/ovarian cysts and treat ectopic pregnancies as well as endometriosis. Hysterectomies, bladder suspension surgeries and pelvic floor repair can also be treated by laparoscopy but these procedures are more advanced and may require additional training.

Conditions suitable for laparoscopic surgery include:

  • Diagnostic laparoscopy
  • Tubal Occlusion (Sterilization)
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Tubal cysts
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Pelvic pain
  • Adhesions
  • Infertility evaluation &Tubal surgery
  • Ectopic Pregnancy
  • Hysterectomy
  • Bladder suspension surgery for urinary incontinence
  • Pelvic floor repair
  • Reanastomosis of tubes following a sterilization procedure

What are contraindications to laparoscopy?

  • Systemic health problems, especially cardio-pulmonary problems, that may be aggravated by general anesthesia maybe a contraindication to laparoscopy. An anesthesia consult is recommended if there is any uncertainty about the woman’s surgical status.
  • A history of multiple abdominal surgeries that may limit the surgeon’s ability to gain access to the pelvis at surgery.