Minimally Invasive Laparoscopy (Fullerton Ave, Chicago)

1. What is Laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to examine and treat conditions within the abdomen and pelvis. It involves making small incisions through which a laparoscope—a thin, flexible tube with a camera and light—is inserted. The camera transmits images to a monitor, allowing the surgeon to see the internal organs and perform surgeries with precision. Laparoscopy is often used to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions, such as endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cysts, ectopic pregnancy, and pelvic inflammatory disease. It is also used for certain types of surgeries, including hysterectomy, appendectomy, and gallbladder removal.

2. Benefits of Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy offers several advantages over traditional open surgery:

  • Minimally Invasive: Smaller incisions result in less pain, minimal scarring, and a lower risk of infection.
  • Shorter Recovery Time: Patients typically experience a quicker recovery and can return to normal activities sooner compared to open surgery.
  • Reduced Hospital Stay: Many laparoscopic procedures are performed on an outpatient basis or require only a short hospital stay.
  • Precision and Accuracy: The high-resolution images provided by the laparoscope allow for precise diagnosis and treatment of various conditions.
  • Lower Risk of Complications: With smaller incisions and less trauma to the body, there is a reduced risk of complications such as bleeding and infection.

3. How to Prepare for the Procedure

Preparing for your laparoscopy procedure with Dr. Adeeb Alshahrour involves several important steps:

  • Medical Consultation: Schedule a consultation with Dr. Alshahrour at the Women’s Health Center of Chicago to discuss your medical history, current medications, and the specifics of the procedure.
  • Preoperative Testing: You may need to undergo certain tests, such as blood tests, imaging studies, or an EKG, to ensure you are fit for surgery.
  • Medication Review: Inform Dr. Alshahrour about all medications, supplements, and herbal products you are taking. You may need to stop taking certain medications before the procedure.
  • Fasting: Follow the instructions regarding fasting before the procedure, typically requiring no food or drink after midnight on the day of surgery.
  • Arrange Transportation: Arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure, as you will not be able to drive yourself due to the effects of anesthesia.

4. What to Expect During the Procedure

During your laparoscopy procedure, you can expect the following:

  • Anesthesia: You will be given general anesthesia to ensure you are asleep and pain-free during the procedure.
  • Incisions: Dr. Alshahrour will make small incisions in your abdomen. A laparoscope will be inserted through one of these incisions.
  • Inflation: Carbon dioxide gas will be used to inflate the abdomen, creating space for the surgeon to see and operate.
  • Procedure: Depending on the purpose of the laparoscopy, Dr. Alshahrour may remove tissue samples, perform repairs, or remove diseased organs.
  • Closure: After the procedure, the gas is released, and the incisions are closed with sutures or surgical tape.

5. Aftercare

Proper aftercare is crucial for a smooth recovery following laparoscopy:

  • Rest and Recovery: Plan to rest for a few days following the procedure. Avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for a few weeks.
  • Incision Care: Keep the incision sites clean and dry. Follow Dr. Alshahrour’s instructions for wound care and watch for signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or discharge.
  • Pain Management: You may experience some discomfort and mild pain around the incision sites. Over-the-counter pain relievers or prescribed medications can help manage this.
  • Follow-Up Appointments: Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with Dr. Alshahrour to monitor your recovery and address any concerns.
  • Monitor Symptoms: Report any unusual symptoms, such as fever, severe pain, or heavy bleeding, to Dr. Alshahrour immediately.

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About Dr. Adeeb Al-Shahrour

Dr. Adeeb Alshahrour is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Chicago, Illinois and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and St. Anthony Hospital-Chicago. He received his medical degree from University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, laparoscopy is generally safe and has a low risk of complications. However, as with any surgery, there are risks, which Dr. Adeeb Alshahrour will discuss with you during your consultation.

Recovery time varies depending on the individual and the specific procedure performed. Most patients can return to normal activities within a week, but full recovery may take a few weeks.

Laparoscopy involves small incisions, which typically result in minimal scarring. Any scars that do form are usually small and fade over time.

Yes, laparoscopy can be used both to diagnose conditions and to perform surgical treatments. It allows the surgeon to see inside the abdomen and pelvis and take necessary action.

After laparoscopy, avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and sexual activity until Dr. Alshahrour gives you clearance. Follow all postoperative instructions carefully for the best recovery.