A Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that involves inserting a small telescope-like camera along with other surgical tools through small incisions made in the belly button and along the lower abdomen. A laparoscopy at CNY Fertility is used for both diagnostic and corrective reasons in that if a diagnosis is made a corrective measure will be taken to fix that abnormality.
Inserting a camera in through these tiny incisions allows our surgeons to visualize the abdominal and pelvic organs including the Uterus, Fallopian Tubes, and Ovaries.
By performing a surgery laparoscopically in a minimally invasive way, we actually improve the results of our surgeries by limiting tissue damage which provides the additional benefit of limiting your recovery time.
As such, you will be able to walk the same day of your surgery. However, because of the anesthesia and pain medications you will be given, you will not be able to drive or operate any other heavy machinery the same day. You will be able to resume your normal daily activity (minus any strenuous activity the next day) although we recommend you take an additional day or two and up to a week off of work for your procedure.
Why Laparoscopy for Infertility?
Many people currently going through infertility have heard of laparoscopy, but you may still be wondering, “Can having a laparoscopy help me get pregnant?” The answer is, Yes.
A Laparoscopy will allow for the diagnosis and correction of infertility causes that would otherwise be missed by other, less invasive testing like an HSG, ultrasound, and blood work.
A laparoscopic procedure allows us not only to detect any structural abnormalities like endometriosis, scar tissue, uterine fibroids, and other abnormal growths but remove such damage with surgical tools. These abnormalities can often times interfere with your fertility and thus be the cause of your “unexplained infertility.” In these cases, removing them is your best option.
However, a laparoscopy is still very much a surgery and is therefore not the first step in someone’s fertility care. Most often, a laparoscopy is done after multiple if not one failed cycle and certainly after other infertility testing like an HSG, Semen Analysis, ovulation testing, ultrasound, and an assessment of your ovarian reserve has been done.
A Laparoscopy is most frequently performed simultaneously with a Hysteroscopy.