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A laparoscopy for chronic pelvic pain is a surgical procedure used to look inside a person's abdomen to diagnose what causes the pain. During the procedure, a special camera called a laparoscope is inserted through a cut in the abdomen. The results of a laparoscopy for pelvic pain will depend on what happens during the procedure and what is found.

Laparoscopy for Chronic Pelvic Pain: An Introduction

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 surgery
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder).
A laparoscopy for chronic pelvic pain offers people many advantages over traditional surgery. With laparoscopic surgery, people usually have shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery times because it is a simpler, less invasive procedure.

Preparing for a Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy for chronic pelvic pain 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 laparoscopy, and what to expect the day of and the days following the laparoscopy.
Anesthesia is used to eliminate the pain felt during a laparoscopy. For a laparoscopy used to diagnose and possibly treat chronic pelvic pain, 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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