Ectopic Pregnancy Laparoscopy Info
An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the egg is implanted somewhere other than the uterus. If you have an ectopic pregnancy, it will need to be removed in order to prevent serious threats to your health. In some types of early ectopic pregnancies, a nonsurgical treatment can be used. This method generally consists of an injection of methotrexate. However, if the drug cannot be used, surgery will be necessary.
The most common form of surgery for ectopic pregnancy is a procedure called laparoscopy. While not without some risk, a laparoscopy for an ectopic pregnancy is often a safer, less invasive procedure than open abdominal surgery. This procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you will go home the day of your surgery. This surgery involves the healthcare provider inserting an instrument into your abdomen called a laparoscope that can take pictures and videotape the procedure.
The method that your healthcare provider uses to remove the ectopic pregnancy will depend on the following factors:
- Its location
- If it has already ruptured
- Your desires for future childbearing
- Your current health.
(To learn more, including details on potential complications of the procedure, click Laparoscopy for an Ectopic Pregnancy.)