Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure which allows the Surgeon to see and operate on the organs inside the pelvis and abdomen. A general anaesthetic is usually required.
A small cut is made in the umbilicus (navel or belly button) through which a laparoscope (telescope) is inserted with a video camera attached. Further instruments are inserted through more incisions (5-10mm), usually placed in the lower abdomen. Carbon dioxide gas is used to distend the abdomen. This is inserted through a needle via the umbilicus, but this may not be possible in all cases. A larger incision through the umbilicus may be required, or a needle may be placed just below, or between the left lower ribs. An instrument is passed into the uterus to allow it to be moved around by the Surgeon or his Assistant.
Dr Barak performs diagnostic and operative laparoscopic surgeries for the treatment of ovarian cysts and endometriosis.