Laparoscopy Specialist

George D. Kovacs, MD

Cosmetic Surgery & Gynecology located in Hawthorne, CA

A laparoscopy is an effective diagnostic procedure that can shed light on what’s causing your uncomfortable symptoms. Women’s health care specialist and highly qualified surgeon, George Kovacs, MD, has extensive experience safely performing laparoscopies at the George D. Kovacs, MD in Hawthorne, California. The attentive medical group utilizes the latest advanced diagnostic technology, tools, and techniques. Call or use the online scheduling tool to book a consultation today.

Laparoscopy Q & A

George D. Kovacs, MD

What is a laparoscopy?

A laparoscopy is a surgical diagnostic procedure that’s used to examine certain organs inside the abdominal area. Laparoscopy is a low-risk, minimally-invasive procedure that only requires small incisions.

A laparoscopy involves the use of an instrument called a laparoscope to view the abdominal organs. A laparoscope is a thin, long tube with a high-resolution camera at the front and a high-intensity light that’s passed through a small incision in the abdomen. As the laparoscope moves along, the camera transmits images to a video monitor.

In gynecology and women’s health, a diagnostic laparoscopy is used to view a woman’s reproductive organs. Dr. Kovacs can use the laparoscope to look directly at the outside of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, and nearby organs.

A laparoscopy allows Dr. Kovacs to view inside your body in real time, without open surgery. If needed, biopsy samples can also be obtained during this procedure.

Why is a laparoscopy recommended?

Dr. Kovacs may recommend a laparoscopy when other diagnostic tests, such as an X-ray or ultrasound, can’t confirm the cause of your condition. A laparoscopy might be used to:

  • Find the cause of pain in the abdominal and pelvic regions
  • Examine a tissue mass
  • Confirm pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis
  • Look for a blockage of the fallopian tubes or other infertility causes
  • Check for fluid in the abdominal cavity
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of certain treatments

In some cases, Dr. Kovacs might be able to perform an intervention to treat your condition immediately following a diagnosis.

What can I expect during my laparoscopy?

During your laparoscopy, you lie down in a slightly tilted position with your head lower than your feet. You’re given a general anesthetic to prevent pain and relax your muscles.

Dr. Kovacs makes a small incision near your navel and inserts the laparoscope through the incision. Your abdomen is inflated to make the organs easier to see and, in some cases, the laparoscope might be equipped with surgical devices for removing scar tissue or taking tissue samples. Dr. Kovacs might make a second incision at the pubic hairline to provide an additional opening for the instruments necessary to complete a minor surgical procedure.

What can I expect after my laparoscopy?

Following your laparoscopy, you typically remain in a recovery room until the medical staff lets you know you’re ready to return home. Rarely, an overnight hospital stay is necessary.

You should plan ahead for someone to drive you home following your laparoscopy.

For quality and comprehensive women’s health care, call George D. Kovacs, MD or schedule online today.

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