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Pelvic laparoscopy - series—Indications

Indications

Overview

Pelvic laparoscopy is used both for diagnosis and for treatment and may be recommended for:

  • Pelvic pain due to uterine tissue found outside the uterus in the abdomen (endometriosis)
  • Infections (pelvic inflammatory disease) not responsive to drug therapy
  • Suspected twisting (torsion) of an ovary
  • Ovarian cyst
  • Scar tissue (adhesions) in pelvis
  • Puncture through the uterus (uterine perforation) following D&C or by IUD
  • Evaluation of infertility
  • Sterilization (tubal ligation)
  • Evaluation of a pelvic mass (such as in a Fallopian tube or ovary) that was confirmed previously by abdominal ultrasound

Review Date 1/14/2018

Updated by: John D. Jacobson, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda Center for Fertility, Loma Linda, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.