Laparoscopy Specialist

Above Parr Women's Center

Angela Pollard, MD

OB-GYN located in Los Gatos, CA

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 Q & A

What is laparoscopy?

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.

When is laparoscopy necessary?

Dr. Pollard may use laparoscopy to:

  • Diagnose pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, ectopic pregnancy, or other such conditions
  • Perform a biopsy
  • Perform a hysterectomy
  • Check for damage to internal organs
  • Perform a tubal ligation

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.

What should patients expect during a laparoscopic procedure?

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.

What are the benefits of laparoscopic procedures?

Some of the benefits of laparoscopic procedures include:

  • Shorter, easier recovery
  • Smaller incision
  • Low risk of complications

Laparoscopic procedures are flexible and can be used for many different purposes.

What are the risks?

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.

What are the alternatives to laparoscopy?

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.