When working to diagnose certain reproductive conditions and deliver treatment, a pelviscopy is an effective tool. At Ob-Gyn Associates, our doctors work with patients to treat a variety of conditions including cysts and pelvic inflammatory disease.
What is a Pelviscopy?
A pelviscopy, also referred to as a pelvic laparoscopy, is a medical procedure employed to diagnose and care for numerous conditions that are affecting the pelvic organs. It can be performed as either an inpatient or outpatient procedure depending on its purpose. Cysts, appendicitis, and pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID, can be diagnosed with this procedure. The procedure may also be used to assess cases of infertility and probable abdominal pelvic masses. When utilized for treatment, a pelviscopy can be performed during procedures, which affect the reproductive system including a tubal ligation, myomectomy, or hysterectomy.
How is the procedure performed?
A pelviscopy will be conducted under general anesthesia and will require a small incision made below a patient’s navel. Carbon dioxide gas is used to inflate the abdominal cavity. This allows the doctor to see the area clearly and without any obstructions. A laparoscope, or small camera, is inserted into the abdominal cavity via the incision. Additional incisions can be required in order to allow for the insertion of instruments needed to finish the procedure and perform any treatments. Once the procedure is done and the carbon dioxide gas is released, the instruments are extracted and the incisions are sealed up with sutures.
What is recovery like?
A patient may be able to return home the same day or may have to stay in the hospital overnight for observation depending on the reason for the procedure. As a useful substitute for open surgery, a laparoscopic procedure typically entails a reduced recovery period, minimized post-operative pain, and low risks for post-operative difficulties. In many cases, when a pelviscopy is used for treatment purposes, taking advantage of the procedure can minimize the likelihood for needing additional procedures. The doctor will go over the details of the produce with patients depending on what the procedure is being used for. To schedule a consultation, please contact our office.