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Laparoscopy Specialist

Women 2 Women Medical Center

G. Lara Bhatnagar, MD

OBGYN located in Irvine, CA

You may be searching for less invasive options to correct your fibroids or ovarian cysts or hysterectomy. At Women 2 Women Medical Center in Irvine, California, G. Lara Bhatnagar, MD, performs minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. The procedure leaves tiny scars compared to open surgery. A skilled surgeon and board-certified OB/GYN, Dr. Bhatnagar has more than 1,000 successful surgeries to her credit. Schedule a consultation about laparoscopy by calling today or booking online.

Laparoscopy Q & A

What is laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional “open” surgery to treat diseases and conditions affecting your reproductive system. Laparoscopy is a type of procedure that requires small incisions, leaving tiny scars that are hardly noticeable. In contrast, conventional surgery often requires incisions that are several inches long, leaving a noticeable scar. 

Why would I need a laparoscopy?

At Women 2 Women Medical Center, Dr. Bhatnagar performs a laparoscopy to address a range of women's health conditions, including: 

Endometriosis

Dr. Bhatnagar performs a laparoscopy to both diagnose and correct this condition. She can remove endometrial growths during the same laparoscopic procedure. 

Fibroids

Laparoscopic surgery can remove fibroids from your uterus. This surgery helps relieve pain and heavy bleeding from fibroids.

Ovarian cysts

Dr. Bhatnagar performs a laparoscopy to eliminate cysts growing on your ovaries. This surgery can be performed as a simple outpatient procedure.

Hysterectomy

A laparoscopic hysterectomy requires smaller incisions, leaving fewer scars than a traditional hysterectomy. As an added benefit, you can go home the same day.

How is laparoscopic surgery done?

Dr. Bhatnagar performs laparoscopic surgery with a laparoscope, a slim medical device equipped with a tiny camera. You're typically asleep while she performs surgery.

To begin, she inserts the laparoscope into your abdomen through a small incision. The laparoscope relays pictures to an electronic monitor. This gives Dr. Bhatnagar a real-time view of your pelvic organs. She injects painless gas into your abdomen to give her an unobstructed view of your pelvic cavity and organs.

She performs surgery by inserting small surgical instruments through additional small incisions. In some cases, she may need to make an additional tiny cut in your abdomen.

What are the advantages of laparoscopy?

Compared to open surgery, laparoscopy offers several benefits. The procedure offers:

  • Quicker recovery
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less pain
  • Tiny incisions

You also may heal more quickly after laparoscopic surgery compared to open surgery. 

If you’re worried about the long recovery times required with open surgery, laparoscopy might be an appropriate option. Find out if you’re a candidate by calling Women 2 Women Medical Center today or scheduling a consultation online with Dr. Bhatnagar. 

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