Dr. Wirth uses state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques like laparoscopy to help women in New York City get the diagnoses and treatments they need without the need for major surgery.
A laparoscopy is a procedure that uses a thin, flexible instrument called a laparoscope to diagnose or treat conditions through a very small incision. Is commonly performed to:
Laparoscopy is typically performed under general anesthesia, but other forms of anesthesia may also be used. A small incision will be made in your belly to allow the laparoscope to be inserted. If a procedure is being performed, additional small incisions may be needed to enable instruments to be inserted. Gas may also be used to help expand the space so it can be more easily seen and accessed. Dr. Wirth will be able to use the laparoscope to see inside your belly to perform evaluations and procedures. Once the procedure or diagnostic evaluation is complete, the instruments will be removed and the incisions will be closed. Most procedures take about a half hour to 90 minutes to perform.
After the procedure, you may have some bloating or discomfort from the gas used to inflate your belly, and you may also experience some minor discomfort around the incisions which will go away within a few days. In most cases after a few hours in recovery, you'll be allowed to go home. How quickly you'll be able to resume your regular activities depends on the procedure you've had performed, but many women can resume normal activity within a day or two. Strenuous activity will need to be avoided for a week or more. Dr. Wirth will be able to give you guidance based on your specific procedure.
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