Laparoscopy for an Ectopic Pregnancy

Preparing for the Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy for an ectopic pregnancy is usually performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you will go home the day of your surgery. Depending on your particular situation, you will be given specific instructions as to where and when to arrive at the medical facility, how to prepare for your surgery, and what to expect the day of and the days following your laparoscopy.
 

Laparoscopy for an Ectopic Pregnancy: The Surgery

As part of laparoscopy for an ectopic pregnancy, a small incision, or cut, will be made in or just below your navel. A tube, called a trocar, will then be inserted into your abdomen. The laparoscope will then be inserted. Through this, your doctor will view the inside of your abdomen on a video screen. The laparoscope can also take pictures and videotape the procedure.
 
During the laparoscopy, your doctor will be looking for anything that appears abnormal, including an ectopic pregnancy.
 
(Click Ectopic Pregnancy Laparoscopy for more information.)
 

Complications With Laparoscopy for an Ectopic Pregnancy

No procedure is ever completely free of risk. However, laparoscopy has been performed for many years, with successful results and limited complications. Possible problems that can occur include but are not limited to:
 
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Nerve injury
  • Remaining ectopic tissue
  • Reactions to medication or anesthesia
  • Other rare and unlikely events.
     
(Click Laparoscopic Surgery Complications for more information on the problems that can occur with a laparoscopy for an ectopic pregnancy.)
 
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