Diagnostic Laparoscopy
 
 

Diagnostic Laparoscopy

A diagnostic laparoscopy is an examination of an individual's abdomen or pelvis. A small incision is made below an individual's belly button. A tube or needle is placed in the incision and the area to be examined is expanded using carbon dioxide gas. A small camera, called a laparoscope, is inserted into a tube and used to view the abdomen and pelvis. This procedure can reveal the cause of pain in the abdomen and pelvis or show a growth. It is often used in the treatment of cancer or performed after an accident to see if there is damage to the abdomen.

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