Laparoscopy allows doctors to view structures inside the body and/or complete certain surgical procedures without the need for a large incision. Dr. Angela Pollard offers laparoscopic procedures to patients at Above Parr Women’s Center in Los Gatos, California.
Laparoscopy is a non-invasive surgical procedure that involves the use of a thin, lighted tube. Dr. Pollard inserts this tube through a small incision made in the abdomen. She may use this surgical method to look at the organs in the pelvis, to collect tissue samples, or to perform certain procedures.
Dr. Pollard may use laparoscopy to:
When a laparoscopy is an option, Dr. Pollard will explain the procedure carefully to the patient and help her determine whether it’s the right option. Dr. Pollard will also explain any alternatives to laparoscopy at this time.
In most cases, Dr. Pollard will perform laparoscopic procedures under general anesthesia. Many patients will be able to go home shortly after the procedure is complete. However, certain types of procedures may require a hospital stay. Pain following a laparoscopic procedure is typically more mild than the pain associated with more invasive surgeries. In addition, recovery after laparoscopy is usually quicker.
Some of the benefits of laparoscopic procedures include:
Laparoscopic procedures are flexible and can be used for many different purposes.
Like all surgical procedures, laparoscopy poses some risks to the patient. For example, some patients may have a bad reaction to the anesthesia used during the procedure. In rare cases, infection, blood clots, and excessive bleeding may occur. Patients who undergo laparoscopy may also develop scar tissue in the abdomen that can lead to pain, infertility, and other complications.
The alternatives to laparoscopy vary based on the purpose of the procedure. For example, patients who are undergoing laparoscopy to remove reproductive organs may be able to have the procedure performed vaginally. On the other hand, patients considering laparoscopy for tubal ligation could opt for another form of permanent birth control instead.
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"Dr. Pollard has been my OGB for over 12 years... I had nothing but the best experience with the care and attention from her practice during that time."
"Dr. Angela Pollard is a fantastic doctor! She is the kindest, warmest and humblest doctor. She is generous with her time which is rare, especially for an OB."
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