Top 9 Things To Know About Laparoscopic Treatment for Pregnancy
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Top 9 Things To Know About Laparoscopic Treatment for Pregnancy
Updated on November 09, 2023
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Are you an expecting parent, clueless about tackling the complexes of pregnancies? Pregnancy could be a mystery phase. Loaded with several conditions that need treatment. Wondering how to deal with them? Or, if there are any laparoscopic or minimally invasive ways of fixing them? Mykare Health is here to help you get over the riddle.
Welcome to the ultimate guide to laparoscopic treatment for pregnancy-related conditions. Here’s all you must know as you embark on the most exciting journey of parenthood.
What is Laparoscopy?
Laparoscopy is also known as minimally invasive surgery or keyhole surgery. It is a groundbreaking medical technique for pregnancy related issues. It allows doctors to perform complex procedures with minimal incisions.
Here are certain must-knows about laparoscopic surgery.
What happens before laparoscopy
Your doctor will do your evaluation first and review your medical history. Mykare Health will connect you with the expert surgeons for this step.
The doctor will conduct necessary pre-operative tests and imaging like ultrasound, CT scan, MRI.
He/she will get your consent for laparoscopy.
What happens during laparoscopy
Surgeons will give general anaesthesia to ensure that you are unconscious. And don’t feel any pain.
They will place you in the appropriate position on the operating table. You will have to lie flat with arms at the side, raised.
The surgeon will make a small incision (about 1 cm) near your navel.
He will then insert a trocar (a tube-like device) into the incision. And pump carbon dioxide gas into the abdominal cavity. This creates a working space by lifting the abdominal wall away from the organs.
The surgeon will insert the laparoscope. It is a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera at the tip through the trocar. It will help surgeons to see the internal organs on a monitor.
He/she will make about 2 to 4 more small incisions in strategic locations. This will help to accommodate specialised surgical instruments.
The surgeon will use the laparoscopic instruments to perform surgical tasks. Like, cutting, suturing, stapling, or removing tissues or organs.
The surgeon uses a monitor where the surgical field is magnified. This improves precision and accuracy during the procedure.
Techniques like cauterisation and others control bleeding.
What happens after laparoscopy
The surgeon will remove the instruments and laparoscope from your body. He/she will close the trocar incisions with sutures, surgical glue, or adhesive strips.
The surgeon will check on you as you recover from anaesthesia.
He/she will give you instructions and tips on caring. That will reduce the risk of complications. And lead to quicker recovery.
The Rise of Laparoscopy in Pregnancy Care
You may be guessing how common is laparoscopy in pregnancy care. Over the past few decades, surgeons have increasingly used laparoscopic treatment. For managing certain pregnancy-related conditions.
Its benefits make laparoscopy the best choice for treating pregnancy related conditions. Like reduced scarring, shorter recovery times, and lower risk of postoperative complications.
Laparoscopy vs. Traditional method for pregnancy related conditions
Here’s why your surgeon may recommend laparoscopic treatment over traditional methods.
|Advantages of Laparoscopic Treatment
|Traditional Surgical Methods
|Smaller Incisions: You will have to undergo small incisions. That results in less scarring and better cosmetic outcomes.
|Larger Incisions: You will have to have larger incisions. That will lead to more noticeable scars.
|Reduced Pain: You will feel less postoperative pain and discomfort.
|More Pain: You will feel higher levels of pain in an open surgery.
|Shorter Hospital Stay: You will have shorter hospital stays, leading to quicker recovery.
|Longer Hospital Stay: Your recovery time will be longer. So, you will need longer hospital stays.
|Faster Recovery: You can return to your normal activities sooner.
|Slower Recovery: You will need more time to heal. And get back to daily activities.
|Lower Risk of Infection: You will be at a lesser risk of infection and complications. Small incisions reduce the risk.
|Higher Infection Risk: Larger incisions will increase your risk of infection.
|Reduced Blood Loss: You will have very less blood loss during surgery, lowering the need for blood transfusions.
|Higher Blood Loss: Open surgery can lead to significant blood loss. You may also require transfusions.
|Shorter Anaesthesia Duration: You will need less time under anaesthesia
|Longer Anesthesia Duration: Open surgeries often involve longer periods of anaesthesia.
|Minimal Anatomical Distortion: Laparoscopy allows for accurate preservation of anatomical structures
|More Anatomical Distortion: Traditional surgery might involve more tissue manipulation and distortion.
|Fewer Postoperative Adhesions: Reduced tissue trauma results in fewer adhesions forming after surgery.
|More Postoperative Adhesions: Open surgery can lead to more adhesions, which might cause complications later on.
|Enhanced Visualisation: Laparoscope provides high-quality magnified views of the surgical site.
|Limited Visualisation: Open surgery might provide less detailed views of the surgical field.
Now that you’re aware of the merits of laparoscopic procedure, it might not be suitable for all pregnancy conditions. You will need the advice of an expert to choose between laparoscopic and traditional methods of surgery. The factors that determine whether you should go the laparoscopic way, are:
- Your medical history
- The particular condition for which you need treatment
- Risk of potential complications in pregnancy
- Expertise of the available surgeons
Mykare Health’s skilled laparoscopic surgeons can help you make an informed and the healthiest choice for your pregnancy.
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Common Laparoscopic Procedures During Pregnancy
What conditions can laparoscopy treat during pregnancy? Here they are:
1. Laparoscopic Ectopic Pregnancy Removal
Ectopic pregnancies occur when the embryo implants outside the uterus. It can be life-threatening for you if not treated. Surgeons often use laparoscopy to remove the ectopic pregnancy from the fallopian tube or other affected areas. It also helps in preserving your reproductive organs and future fertility.
2. Laparoscopic Ovarian Cystectomy
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that may develop during your pregnancy. Laparoscopic cystectomy involves the removal of these cysts. Plus, it helps in keeping your ovaries safe. It reduces the risk of complications and shortens recovery time. That’s why Mykare doctors prefer this method over traditional methods.
Fibroids, non-cancerous growths in the uterus, can cause complications during your pregnancy. Surgeons seek help of laparoscopic myomectomy for the safe removal of these fibroids. It also leaves your uterus intact. It is important for preserving fertility. Laparoscopy serves as the doctors’ best choice for treating some other diseases during pregnancy. They are complicated biliary disease, appendicitis, cholecystitis, pancreatitis, bowel obstruction, and trauma.
Are there any risks involved
Studies have proved that laparoscopic treatment for pregnancy is safe. But it is important for you to keep in mind the potential risks that are linked with any surgical procedure. Like:
- Anaesthesia-related issues
- Injury to nearby organs
Mykare Health’s surgeons highlight that the benefits of laparoscopy usually outweigh the risks. Also, our healthcare team takes every precaution to ensure a successful outcome for your baby and yourself.
Know them: safety precautions for performing laparoscopic treatment in Pregnancy
- We thoroughly assess the patient's medical history and pregnancy status before considering laparoscopy.
- We evaluate the gestational age and overall health of the patient.
Experienced Surgical Team:
- Our surgical team is skilled and experienced in performing laparoscopic procedures, especially in pregnant patients.
- We are partnered with well equipped facilities.
- Our specialists perform the procedure in a well-equipped facility with advanced laparoscopic instruments.
- We ensure availability of obstetric and anaesthesia support.
Expert Anaesthesia Management:
Our surgeons collaborate closely with an experienced anesthesiologist to manage your anaesthesia needs safely.
Minimise Gas Insufflation:
- Our surgeons use the lowest possible pressure of carbon dioxide gas to create pneumoperitoneum - the presence of air or gas in the abdominal cavity.
- They prevent excessive pressure on the uterus and surrounding structures.
- Mykare’s surgeons carefully position you to avoid compression of the inferior vena cava and aorta.
- They use left uterine displacement to improve blood flow to the placenta.
- Surgeons will skillfully insert trocars to avoid injury to the uterus or foetal structures.
Gentle Tissue Handling:
They will handle tissues delicately to minimise trauma to the uterus and surrounding structures.
The surgeons will avoid excessive manipulation of the uterus.
Monitoring Foetal Status:
- Surgeons will use intraoperative ultrasound or foetal heart rate monitoring. These will assess foetal well-being during the procedure.
Minimise Anaesthetic Exposure:
- They will limit exposure of the foetus to anaesthetic agents. By maintaining optimal anaesthesia levels.
Patient Position Changes:
The surgeons may change your position. In case there are signs of reduced blood flow to the uterus or foetal distress.
The doctor will monitor you closely after the procedure. For any signs of complications like preterm labour.
Mykare Health’s expert surgeons state that the second trimester is the most suitable time to conduct laparoscopy during pregnancy. With its many benefits and shorter recovery times, it has become a preferred choice for both doctors and patients.
Are you pregnant or planning a family and concerned about potential complications? Then consider discussing laparoscopic treatment with your healthcare provider. We can connect you with the leading experts in laparoscopy to make your experience stress-free.
Mykare Health wishes all the expecting parents a healthy and happy journey towards parenthood!
Laparoscopy is also known as minimally invasive or keyhole surgery. It is a groundbreaking technique for treating pregnancy related conditions. It allows complex procedures with minimal incisions.
Before undergoing laparoscopy, your doctor will evaluate your medical history and might arrange for pre-operative tests and imaging, like ultrasounds, CT scans, or MRIs.
The laparoscopy procedure involves general anaesthesia to keep you unconscious and pain-free. The surgeon makes small incisions. Inserts a trocar to inflate the abdominal cavity with carbon dioxide. And uses a laparoscope to visualise the internal organs
The surgeons make some more small incisions to accommodate specialised instruments. And to perform surgical tasks such as cutting, suturing, or removing tissues with precision.
After the procedure, the surgeon removes instruments. Monitors your recovery from anaesthesia. And gives instructions for care to minimise complications. These ensure a speedy recovery.
The benefits of laparoscopic treatment in pregnancy are many. Like reduced scarring, shorter recovery times, and lower risk of complications.
Compared to traditional methods, laparoscopy offers advantages such as smaller incisions, reduced pain, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, lower risk of infection, reduced blood loss, and enhanced visualisation.
While laparoscopy has benefits, it might not be suitable for all pregnancy-related conditions. Factors like medical history, specific condition, potential complications, and surgeon expertise should guide your choice.
Laparoscopy is used to treat conditions like ectopic pregnancy, ovarian cysts, and fibroids. It offers benefits such as preservation of reproductive organs and quicker recovery.
Studies show laparoscopic treatment during pregnancy is generally safe. Although surgical risks such as infection, bleeding, anaesthesia-related issues, and injury to nearby organs are possible.
Mykare Health's surgeons prioritise benefits over risks. They take precautions like patient evaluation, experienced surgical teams, proper anaesthesia management. Other precautions they take are cautious gas insufflation, gentle tissue handling, and moni
They recommend changing patient positions if needed. They also suggest closely following up for any complications.
The second trimester is often the most suitable time for laparoscopy.
If you're concerned about potential pregnancy complications, consider discussing laparoscopic treatment with Mykare’s healthcare experts.