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For women who may have endometriosis, a laparoscopy can be used to look inside a woman's abdomen and diagnose and possibly treat the condition. During the procedure, a specialized camera is inserted into or just below the navel, allowing the doctor to view the inside of the abdomen on a video screen. If the doctor discovers endometriosis, he or she will remove it.

What Is a Laparoscopy for Endometriosis?

Laparoscopy is a tool used for diagnosing and treating several different conditions by actually looking inside the body with a specialized camera. There are a number of different types of laparoscopic procedures, such as:
 
  • Laparoscopic appendectomy (removal of the appendix)
  • Laparoscopic gastric bypass
  • Laparoscopic hysterectomy (removal of the uterus).
     
This article will discuss laparoscopy for endometriosis, which is a procedure used to look inside a women's abdomen (stomach) to diagnose and possibly treat endometriosis (a condition that results when tissue that normally grows inside of the uterus grows outside of it instead).
 
This procedure offers women many advantages over traditional surgery. With laparoscopic surgery, women usually have shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery times, because it is a simpler, less invasive procedure.
 

Preparing for a Laparoscopy for Endometriosis

This type of laparoscopy is usually performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that you go home the day of your surgery. For your particular situation, you will be given specific instructions as to where and when to arrive at the medical facility, how to prepare for your surgery, and what to expect the day of and the days following your surgery.
 

Anesthesia Options

Anesthesia is used to eliminate the pain felt during a surgery. For a laparoscopy used to diagnose and possibly treat endometriosis, the two most common types of anesthesia are spinal and general anesthesia. You will be given one of the two types.
 
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