Diagnostic Laparoscopy | Tampa General Hospital

Diagnostic Laparoscopy 

Laparoscopy is a surgical diagnostic procedure used to examine the abdominal organs. A diagnostic laparoscopy is performed to look at the abdominal organs in real time without open surgery. It is done with an instrument called a laparoscope, which is a long, thin tube with a light and camera at its tip.  

Why a Diagnostic Laparoscopy Is Performed 

When traditional, noninvasive methods don’t provide enough information or insight to diagnose adnominal or pelvic pain, a doctor may order a laparoscopy.  

This procedure can be used to examine organs such as the: 

  • Appendix 
  • Liver
  • Gallbladder 
  • Pancreas 
  • Stomach 
  • Small and large intestine 
  • Spleen 
  • Pelvic or reproductive organs 

Procedure Details 

A diagnostic laparoscopy procedure is a low-risk, minimally invasive procedure that is often performed under general anesthesia. A small incision is made in the abdomen wall, usually below the belly button, and a small tube called a cannula is inserted through a trocar, which is a sharp surgical device used as a port. This is used to inflate your abdomen with carbon dioxide so that your doctor can see your organs more clearly. The laparoscope is then inserted through the trocar. Your doctor will move the instrument around to capture images from the camera located at the end of the laparoscope.  

What to Expect 

Potential risks associated with laparoscopy are rare, but they can include bleeding, infection and damage to organs in your abdomen. Even less common risks can include complications from anesthesia, inflammation of the abdominal wall or a blood clot that could travel to your pelvis, legs or lungs. 


The professional surgeons at Tampa General Hospital have extensive experience performing diagnostic laparoscopic surgery, so you can feel comfortable turning to us for the procedure. This approach is safe and results in shorter recovery time, less pain, decreased risk of wound infections, less risk of hernias and better cosmetic outcomes than open surgery. Our doctors and specialists will work closely with you to provide the necessary diagnostic testing and other services for you.