Infertility Diagnosis & Treatment With laparoscopy
Laparoscopy is an advanced diagnostic approach as well as an infertility treatment approach. It is usually recommended in cases where all other diagnostic approaches fail to indicate the actual cause of infertility. The decision to undergo laparoscopy must be thoroughly evaluated by a fertility expert.
What is a Diagnosis & Treatment Laparoscopy?
A laparoscopy is a surgical procedure where a doctor utilizes specialized instruments such as a laparoscope to view one’s abdominal organs, through smaller incisions.
A laparoscope is a thin, fiber-optic tube and it is normally connected to a camera and light in order to view, diagnose, and repair the problem. The procedure is performed under anaesthesia and it takes a few hours.
When is Laparoscopy Recommended For Women?
It should be noted that laparoscopy shouldn’t be done routinely, but rather a last resort for determining and treating certain cases of infertility. The fertility expert may recommend a laparoscopy in case a patient is affected by the following or in case the doctor suspects the following;
Pelvic inflammatory disease or severe pelvic adhesions
Pain during sexual intercourse
Severe cramps or pelvic pain during your periods
In other cases, laparoscopy for infertility treatment may be conducted to correct the following issues
Blocked Fallopian Tubes- The doctor may choose to remove the affected tube during laparoscopy to improve the IVF success rate. This is normally conducted in case Hydrosalpinx is suspected.
Repair the Damaged Tubes- The doctor may also recommend a laparoscopy to correct the tubes and allow natural conception.
Elimination of Endometrial deposits- Some doctors may recommend a laparoscopy to remove the endometrial deposits which trigger excess pain.
PCOS “Polycystic Ovary Cysts”- the doctor may recommend ovarian drilling in order to remove the cysts and facilitate normal ovulation
Fibroids- Fibroids which are accompanied by pain can also be treated laparoscopically to combat the painful adhesions among other effects
The Laparoscopy Procedure Infertility Testing & Treatment
In case it is a diagnostic procedure, the doctor will only view the reproductive organs and then schedule the repair surgery later. The procedure is conducted under general anaesthesia and it is completely pain-free
The surgeon or doctor may restrict you from eating or drinking for 8 hours before the surgery. He or she may also require you to take antibiotics.
Once the anaesthesia is administered, the surgeon will make one or more incisions in your abdomen region. Through an incision, a surgeon will fill your abdomen with carbon dioxide gas in order to see the organs and correct the issue.
The Results & The Following Treatments
The surgeon may remove the scar tissue, correct the blocked Fallopian tubes, remove the fibroids and so on. You take some time to recover, but it is normally a short period since a laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgery
In case the results are normal, the doctor will plan the following conception treatments as seen required. Normally, removing the adhesions or fibroids will help eliminate pain that you regularly feel during your periods or sexual intercourse.