What should I expect during gynecologic laparoscopy?

During gynecologic laparoscopy, a small amount of carbon dioxide gas is infused into the abdominal cavity to improve visualization of pelvic and abdominal organs. In some cases, the extent of the surgery may be limited to simply flushing colored fluid through the cervix and uterus and out through the fallopian tubes. In other cases, complicated procedures such as myomectomy (removal of fibroids), resection of endometriosis, and even tubal reanastomosis (untying of tubes) can be completed using the laparoscope. In all but a few cases, patients are sent home on the same day as their surgery and are able to return to work in a fraction of the time that it would take if their procedure were completed via an open abdominal incision.
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