A diagnostic laparoscopy is a medical procedure that helps diagnose gastrointestinal disease such as liver disease, pancreatic disease, or endometriosis.
What is a diagnostic laparoscopy?
A diagnostic laparoscopy, is a medical procedure designed to aid with the diagnosis of gastrointestinal disease such as liver disease, pancreatic disease or endometriosis.
A diagnostic laparoscopy uses a tiny camera connected to a high intensity light and a high-resolution television screen that is used to allow your surgeon to view inside your abdominal cavity without invasive surgery.
Why have a diagnostic laparoscopy?
Your doctor may recommend diagnostic laparoscopy if you are experiencing abdominal pain, have an abdominal mass, require cancer staging, or suffer from liver disease. In most cases, this procedure will allow your doctor to accurately diagnose what the cause of your abdominal issues is.
Preparing for a diagnostic laparoscopy
In preparation for your procedure be required to avoid eating the night before your surgery. Your doctor may also advise you to temporarily stop taking certain medications and supplements that may increase your risk of bleeding.
What to expect with diagnostic laparoscopy
During a diagnostic laparoscopy, you surgeon will make a small incision through which a narrow tube-like instrument, called a cannula, is placed into the abdominal cavity. The laparoscope is then inserted through the cannula giving your surgeon a magnified view of the internal organs.
The operation is generally performed under a general or spinal anaesthetic. After the procedure has been completed, your surgeon will close the small incisions with soluble sutures or surgical tapes.
Get a diagnostic laparoscopy with Centric Health
Many men and women from across Canada and all over the world choose Centric Health Surgical Centres for laparoscopy. Our team of board-certified General Surgeons has years of experience and excellence in performing diagnostic laparoscopy procedures.
Next steps: Book your laparoscopy consultation
If you are ready to discuss your surgery needs with our board certified surgeons, request a consultation today. During your consultation your patient care coordinator will discuss:
- Your medical history
- Potential risks and complications
- Pre and post-operative care