Diagnostic & Surgical Laparoscopy
Step 6: Diagnostic & Surgical Laparoscopy
“What the mind doesn’t know, the eye doesn’t see” – Dr. Nezhat
Despite all of these advanced testing technologies, the fact remains that many conditions still go undetected. That’s why a diagnostic work-up for CPP at our Center will also include a laparoscopy. A laparoscopy (also called videolaparoscopy) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that requires general anesthesia and involves inserting a camera attached to a laparoscope through a few small incisions in your abdomen. The laparoscope’s video camera allows the doctor to look inside of your body and assess the health of your upper and lower abdomen and take biopsies. Dr. Nezhat surgically treats any disorders that are found on the same day as the diagnostic laparoscopy.
Step 7: Other Minor Diagnostic Surgical Procedures
Besides a laparoscopy, the following are a few other diagnostic tests that are considered minor surgical procedures:
– Hysteroscopy involves placing a small camera through the vagina and cervix and into the uterus, which may be useful for diagnosing certain types of fibroids, endometrial hyperplasia, adenomyosis, polyps, cervical disorders, and other uterine abnormalities
– Cystoscopy is a procedure wherein a video camera is inserted through your urethra and inside of your bladder. This allows a doctor to see signs of inflammation, growths, and kidney stones in the bladder. Cystoscopy is also part of the diagnostic workup to suspected cases of endometriosis of the bladder and interstitial cystitis.
– Colonoscopy is not so effective for detecting bowel endometriosis, but can be helpful for detecting abnormal growths, inflamed tissue, hemorrhoids, colitis, Chrohn’s Disease, polyps, fistulas, and other disorders.
– Proctoscopy is used to examine the anal cavity, rectum or sigmoid colon. During a proctoscopy, the proctoscope is lubricated and inserted into the rectum. This procedure is normally done to inspect for hemorrhoids or rectal polyps.The difference between a proctoscopy and colonoscopy is that a proctoscopy is an office procedure that usually doesn’t require sedation or anesthesia.
– Sigmoidoscopy can be useful for detecting fistulas.
– Proctosigmoidoscopy is a combination of a proctoscopy and sigmoidoscopy.