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What to expect when you see a doctor for laparoscopy for infertility?

April 15, 2020

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Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure that allows the doctor to see inside the body. When the procedure is used as a part of fertility testing, the doctor evaluates the structure of the reproductive system, which includes the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus.

In this article, we will discuss the uses of laparoscopy and its procedure to cure any problem that a person is facing related to infertility.

Uses

A laparoscopy can help diagnose endometriosis, fibroids and other abnormalities. It also helps doctor diagnose many conditions that affect infertility such as:

  1. endometriosis
  2. blocked fallopian tubes
  3. buildups of scar tissue
  4. fibroids
  5. other abnormalities of the reproductive system

Laparoscopy can also be used to detect problems when a woman is facing unexpected infertility. This is done only when the results of other tests are normal but the woman is still not able to conceive. By taking a look at the reproductive organs, the doctor may be able to detect or identify conditions that are preventing conception.

Procedure

A laparoscopy may sound scary but it fairly a simple procedure. A person can undergo this in a hospital or in an infertility clinic.

  1. First the patient will receive anesthesia before the procedure, so that they will not be awake or feel any pain during the procedure.
  2. Then the surgeon will inject gas into the abdomen to make it easier to the see organs and structures.
  3. Now, the doctor will insert a small camera on an instrument called a laparoscope through which a tiny incision.
  4. A second incision will be made through which a small tool called a probe is inserted.
  5. With the help of the camera, the doctor will examine the structure in abdomen. They will use the probe to move or lift organs out of the way.
  6. Depending on what the doctor see, there may be some other steps involved such as injecting dye through fallopian tubes to see if they are open for eggs to travel through. If the tubes are blocked, the doctor will try to open the fallopian tubes.
  7. The doctor may make third incision in the abdomen and insert additional instruments to perform these procedures.
  8. Finally, the doctor will remove all the tools and stitch up the incisions.

After the surgery, the patient has to remain under observation for a few hours to make sure that there is no complication and the recovery is going well. It is advisable to call someone to take you home after the surgery. Also, ask a family member to stay with the patient for at least 24 hours after the surgery.

Note: laparoscopic surgery cost for infertility is high, so make sure you choose a doctor who practices under your insurance plan so that you don’t have to pay the entire cost out of your pocket.