Laparoscopy
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings
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What is Laparoscopy?

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Many types of surgery can now be done with a laparoscope. Some examples include:

It can also be done to help make a diagnosis.

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a laparoscopy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Damage to blood vessels or organs
  • Problems related to anesthesia
  • The need for open surgery rather than laparoscopic surgery

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Heart or lung condition
  • Obesity
  • Previous abdominal surgery
  • Diabetes

Call Your Doctor

After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
  • Nausea and/or...
 
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