What is diagnostic laparoscopy for organ examination?

A thin tube with a light (laparoscope) is used to observe the organs inside your abdominal cavity, including:

  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Gallbladder
  • Spleen
  • Stomach
  • Pelvic organs (such as the reproductive organs)

When is a laparoscopy performed?

If your doctor suspects something is wrong, a laparoscopy is a way to obtain a closer look, especially when biopsies, the removal of samples of tissue for testing, are necessary.

What needs to be done in preparation for a laparoscopy?

At your first appointment your doctor may need some records, which the office can work with you to obtain from previous providers. These may include:

  • X-rays from another facility
  • Film reports
  • Lab work
  • Operative report
  • Pathology report
  • Cytology slides
  • Tissue specimens

Your doctor may order procedures such as:

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