Pelvic pain and abdominal cramps are potential symptoms of a heavy period. While these issues can be terribly uncomfortable, they aren’t necessarily a cause for concern. However, when the pain persists for far longer than it should, getting an evaluation may be the best option. Though one may initially associate laparoscopic surgery with a complicated, prolonged downtime procedure, this treatment is actually a simple diagnostic method. At Cohen Medical Practice, we perform this procedure to identify sources of pain or discomfort and determine the more appropriate treatment course.
What Is a Laparoscopic Surgery?
A laparoscopic surgery, also known as diagnostic laparoscopy, is a procedure used to examine the organs inside the abdomen. Though it carries the “surgery” label, it is a low-risk, minimally-invasive operation that requires only small incisions. Through this surgery, we can examine your internal organs and even take a biopsy sample if necessary. This procedure is a great means of determining what your underlying concern is and plotting an appropriate treatment course.
What Does a Laparoscopic Surgery Address?
Typically, MRI, Ultrasound, and CT scans are the first course of action when trying to determine the cause of chronic pelvic pain. However, when these diagnostic methods prove ineffective, laparoscopic surgery is the next step. While the in and of itself doesn’t address medical conditions, can help identify them. The most common areas viewed via a laparoscopy include the appendix, gallbladder, spleen, and reproductive organs.
How Does This Treatment Work?
The laparoscopic surgical procedure is done on an outpatient basis at one of our NYC practices. A general anesthetic will be provided to minimize any discomfort you may experience during the treatment. In some cases, we may opt for a local anesthetic instead depending on your specific condition. During laparoscopic surgery, we will make an incision below your belly button, and then inserts a small tube called a cannula. The cannula will inflate your abdomen with carbon dioxide gas, allowing us to see your abdominal organs more clearly. If necessary, we may make 1-4 small incisions to allow us to insert the tools necessary to perform a biopsy.
What Can I Expect?
Following your laparoscopic surgery, you will be asked to remain at our center for monitoring. After several hours, you should be ready to return home. In the coming days, you may experience some pain including throbbing around the treatment area and aches in your shoulder. Shoulder pain is common due to the use of carbon dioxide gas and its effects on the diaphragm (which shares nerves with the shoulders). If a biopsy was performed, we will be in touch as soon as we receive the results.
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Laparoscopic Surgery in Columbus Circle, NYC
Abdominal and pelvic pain may require a visit to the doctor. If you’re experiencing discomfort and would like a firm diagnosis, look no further than Cohen Medical Practice. we offer same-day appointments at all three of our New York City locations for your convenience. Book a visit by calling (347) 545-2520 or clicking the button below to get in touch with our team in Columbus Circle, on Madison Avenue, or at Rego Park in Queens. Our team is fluent in English, Spanish, Korean, and Russian.
“I am so grateful I have met Dr. Cohen and I’ll definitely be back to this clinic. The staff is very useful and patient as well.”– Hila N.
“Dr. Cohen and staff are super friendly, helpful, thorough and knowledgeable. Best OBGYN I have ever visited. Atmosphere is super clean and welcoming. Felt very comfortable!!”– Shoi G.
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