Expectations, Laparoscopic Surgery, and an Ectopic Pregnancy
When having laparoscopic surgery for an ectopic pregnancy, you and your doctor should have the same expectations. One of your fallopian tubes may need to be removed, and you could have another ectopic pregnancy if you become pregnant again. You may also have a condition that your doctor didn't know about before the laparoscopy, and he or she may need to perform other surgical procedures because of this.
The specific results of laparoscopic surgery for a possible ectopic pregnancy will depend upon what happens during your surgery and what is found.
If an ectopic pregnancy is found during your laparoscopic surgery, your doctor will most likely treat this and will go over the results with you afterwards. There is a possibility that one of your fallopian tubes will need to be removed. Although this is not always the case, you and your family should be prepared for this.
If one tube is removed, you should still be able to become pregnant in the future if your other tube and ovary are normal. However, you will be at increased risk, about 10 to 20 percent, for another ectopic pregnancy.
Treatment may also be performed for conditions that your doctor wasn't aware of before the surgery. This could require a longer surgery or a different surgery. This means that your doctor may need to perform other laparoscopic surgical procedures and/or major abdominal surgery to remove any affected tissue or organs.
Your doctor may find that your pelvic structures are basically normal and do not require any treatment. If you have any questions about the possible results of laparoscopic surgery, the two of you can discuss your particular situation. It is important that your expectations match those of your doctor.