Is the Laparoscopy Procedure Dangerous?

In order to properly treat and address fertility, a number of a diagnostic tests are performed.  In some instances, your fertility care team will need to use laparoscopy as a diagnostic or treatment tool.  While there can be complications with any procedure, laparoscopy is a safe procedure and may provide the additional information your doctors need to help you grow your family.

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Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure where a camera is inserted into the body via a small incision.  This procedure allows your fertility care team to look at your reproductive organs including your uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.

The procedure is done to evaluate if any of the reproductive organs are abnormal.  Issues identified through this procedure include endometriosis, scar tissue, fibroids, and/or other defects with the reproductive organs.

Certain issues identified during laparoscopy may be addressed during the process.  This is often the case with issues such as endometriosis.  The same tools used to view the organs may be used to remove excess scar tissue.

Procedure Length and Recovery Time

The length of the laparoscopy procedure can range from 20 minutes to up to two hours.  The specific length is directly related to the complexity of your case and if corrective measures are taken.  Recovery is typically done on an outpatient basis, with patients being able to resume normal activity in a couple of days.

Dangers of Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure and therefore has risks.  Potential issues that can result as a part of the surgery include:

  • Damage to other organs in the lower abdominal area
  • Complications from anesthetic
  • Infections that occur at the wound site after surgery

The likelihood of these complications happening is very low.  This risk is reduced further when you work with a board certified fertility expert.  For personalized information about your specific risk during laparoscopy, speak with your fertility doctor.

To learn more about the tools used to diagnose and treat infertility, contact the New Hope Fertility Center team today.  Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676.  Thank you.


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