Laparoscopy for Organ Examination
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:
- 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:
- Ultrasound (a scan using high frequency sound waves)
- Computed tomography (CT)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)