What happens during a diagnostic laparoscopy for organ examination?

  • General anesthesia relaxes your muscles and puts you into a deep sleep. You will feel no pain.
  • Carbon dioxide gas is used to inflate the abdominal cavity, which allows the doctor to more clearly see your organs.
  • Two to four small incisions (cuts) are made in your abdomen.
  • The incision near your navel is used to insert the laparoscope. Two additional incisions are used to place instruments needed to remove tissue samples.
  • After the samples are gathered, the scope and instruments are removed and the incisions are closed.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/11/2016.


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  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist. Laparoscopy. Accessed 8/18/2016.
  • Merck Manual. Laparoscopy. Accessed 8/18/2016.

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