RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Elmhurst, IL, Westchester, IL, Hinsdale, IL, Oak Park, IL & Addison, IL

Laparoscopy treats an array of gynecologic conditions with fewer incisions and shorter downtimes. The experienced gynecologists at RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology offer this minimally invasive procedure. With five convenient locations in Elmhurst, Addison, Westchester, Oak Park, and Hinsdale, Illinois, one of their offices is sure to be close to you. To see if laparoscopy is appropriate for you, call today or book a consultation online.

Laparoscopy Q & A

What are the advantages of laparoscopy?

One of the chief advantages of laparoscopic gynecological surgery is that it requires just one or two tiny incisions. In contrast, open surgery typically calls for large, open incisions. 

With laparoscopy, you should experience fewer scars and less pain. Laparoscopic surgery also significantly reduces the time it takes for you to recover after treatment.

What's more, the laparoscope magnifies images of your internal organs when they appear on the monitor. This allows your gynecologist at RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology to see your tissues and organs in greater detail compared to conventional surgery.

If you’re exploring the alternatives to open surgery to treat women’s health conditions such as ovarian cysts, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, and beyond, then laparoscopy may be an appropriate option.

What happens during laparoscopy?

Your gynecologist at RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology performs laparoscopic surgery with a laparoscope, a thin device outfitted with a tiny camera, which may also include robotic assistance. You typically receive general anesthesia, so you're sleeping during the procedure.

Your gynecologist makes a small incision in your lower abdomen and inserts the laparoscope into your abdomen. They position the laparoscope near the organ or area that requires evaluation or treatment. They fill your abdomen with a gas, which allows your gynecologist to see your pelvic reproductive organs more clearly.

The laparoscope sends real-time images to an electronic monitor, showing the inside of your abdomen and pelvic organs. Your gynecologist can see your internal tissues, biopsy suspicious regions, or remove tumors with a cutting instrument that’s also part of the laparoscope. Once your procedure is complete, your gynecologist closes your incisions with a few stitches. 

What is recovery like after laparoscopy?

After your procedure, you rest in a recovery room until you can stand up without help and empty your bladder. You’ll need a friend or family member to drive you home. 

You usually can go home the same day. If you had a more complex procedure, such as a hysterectomy, your gynecologist may recommend staying overnight in the hospital.

How soon after laparoscopy can I get back to normal activities?

Your gynecologist at RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends taking it easy for 1-2 days following a minor procedure. If you had a hysterectomy, you may need to wait longer. Your gynecologist may suggest avoiding strenuous activity or exercise.

Find out more about laparoscopy from the experts at RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology. Call today or book a consultation online.