Diagnostic Laparoscopy

Patients may have an undiagnosed abdominal problem, and may undergo a laparoscopy to diagnose the problem when CT scans and other methods are inconclusive. A laparoscopy is performed using tiny skin incisions and inserting a camera through the patient’s umbilicus (belly button). The abdomen is thoroughly looked at using a tiny camera and instruments to help diagnose the problem.

Why is a diagnostic laparoscopy performed?

1. Abdominal pain – Laparoscopy has a role in the diagnosis of both acute and chronic abdominal pain. There are many causes of abdominal pain. Some of these causes include appendicitis, adhesions or intra-abdominal scar tissue, pelvic infections, endometriosis, abdominal bleeding and, less frequently, cancer. It is used in patients with irritable bowel disease to exclude other causes of abdominal pain.  Dr. Mehta can often diagnose the cause of the abdominal pain and, during the same procedure, correct the problem.

2. Abdominal mass – A patient may have a lump (mass or tumor), which can be felt by the doctor, the patient, or seen on an X-ray or CT scan. Most masses require a definitive diagnosis before appropriate therapy or treatment can be recommended. Laparoscopy is one of the techniques available to look directly at the mass and obtain tissue to discover the diagnosis.

If you have abdominal pain, bloating, or other symptoms of uncertain etiology, feel free to ask Dr. Mehta about proper diagnosis and treatment options.

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