A laparoscopy is an advanced and effective procedure that can shed light on what’s causing uncomfortable symptoms or can help in the treatment of a variety of problematic conditions and diseases. At South Shore Surgical in Valley Stream, New York, expert surgeon, and physician Ira Klonsky, MD, safely performs laparoscopies and utilizes the latest advanced and proven-successful surgical tools and techniques. Use the online scheduling system or call South Shore Surgical today to discover the many benefits of laparoscopy.

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What is a laparoscopy?

A laparoscopy is an advanced surgical procedure that’s used to examine certain organs inside the abdominal area and in the treatment of certain conditions and diseases. Laparoscopy is a low-risk procedure that requires only small incisions.

A laparoscopy involves an instrument called a laparoscope — a long, thin tube with a high-resolution camera at the front and a high-intensity specialized light that Dr. Klonsky passes through a small incision in the abdomen. The camera sends images to a video monitor as the laparoscope moves along.

A laparoscopy enables Dr. Klonsky to view inside your body in real time, without the need for open surgery.

Why is a laparoscopy recommended?

Dr. Klonsky might recommend a laparoscopy when other diagnostic tests, such as an ultrasound or X-ray, can’t confirm the cause of your condition. A laparoscopy might also be used to:

  • Find the cause of pain
  • Examine a tissue mass
  • Confirm inflammatory disease or a cancerous tumor
  • Look for a blockage
  • Check for fluid in the abdominal cavity
  • Assess the effectiveness of certain treatments

Dr. Klonsky also provides laparoscopic surgery to remove damaged tissue from the colon or to remove the gallbladder to prevent complications. Both noninvasive and minimally invasive procedures and treatments are available at South Shore Surgical.

What can I expect during my laparoscopy?

With laparoscopy, you’re lying down in a slightly tilted position with your head lower than your feet. You’re given a general anesthetic to relax your muscles and prevent pain during surgery.

Dr. Klonsky makes a small incision near your navel and carefully inserts the laparoscope through the incision. Your abdomen is typically inflated to make the organs easier to see and, in some cases, the laparoscope might be equipped with special surgical devices for taking tissue samples or removing scar tissue.

Dr. Klonsky might make a few other small incisions to provide additional openings for the instruments necessary for a minor surgical procedure.

What can I expect after my laparoscopy?

After your minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure is complete, you usually remain in a recovery room until the medical staff says you’re ready to go home. An overnight hospital stay might be necessary in some cases. Make sure you plan ahead for someone to drive you home.

If you have any questions about your upcoming laparoscopic procedure, call South Shore Surgical or schedule online.