A laparoscopy is a procedure in which a thin tube with a lighted camera checks a patient’s abdomen and pelvic organs. The camera, known as a laparoscope, inserts into tiny incisions in the abdomen and sends images to a computer screen.
Healthcare providers conduct laparoscopies for many reasons, including:
- Cancer detection
- Endometriosis treatment
- Removal of organs
- Ectopic pregnancy treatment
Usually, providers use laparoscopies after unclear CT, physician exam or X-ray results.
Many symptoms can prompt a laparoscopy, such as:
- Tumors and growths