Laparoscopic Adnexal SurgeryLaparoscopic adnexal surgery is used to treat conditions affecting the ovaries or fallopian tubes.
When certain medical conditions affect the ovaries or fallopian tubes, causing infertility or complications to a patient’s pregnancy, they can be treated with a procedure called laparoscopic adnexal surgery. This minimally invasive surgical procedure allows a surgeon to pinpoint the problem with a laparoscope (a thin telescope) and correct it with only a few small incisions needed.
Laparoscopic adnexal surgery is used to treat several conditions affecting the reproductive system, such as:
- Adnexal tumors
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Inflamed or scarred fallopian tubes
- Ovarian cysts
- Ovarian malignancy
This procedure can be used to remove ovarian cysts, the ovaries themselves or the fallopian tubes, depending on the patient’s condition and its nature.
In this outpatient procedure, a surgeon will insert a laparoscope through an incision in the abdomen (near the belly button) to look at the patient’s pelvic area. Several more incisions are made at the bikini line so that additional laparoscopic instruments can be used to complete the procedure.
What to Expect After Laparoscopic Adnexal Surgery
Because only small incisions are needed for laparoscopic adnexal surgery, the risk for blood loss, infection, scarring and post-surgical pain are reduced (they are not, however, completely eliminated). Many patients can go home within one day, if not on the same day, and they often make a full recovery within seven days.
Tampa General Hospital’s expert team of obstetric and gynecologic specialists, as well as the cutting-edge technology used in our laparoscopic adnexal surgeries, help us achieve world-class results for patients.