Laparoscopy is a surgery that uses a thin, lighted tube with a tiny camera on the end that is inserted through an incision in the belly to look at the abdominal organs or the female pelvic organs.

Laparoscopy can be used for many surgeries that take place in the abdomen or pelvic areas. It can also be used to check out potential problems within the abdomen or pelvic areas, like causes for pelvic pain, infertility problems, or ectopic pregnancy. If a doctor thinks a treatment for a condition can be found through a diagnostic laparoscopy, the doctor may turn the procedure into an operative laparoscopy in order to take care of the problem at hand.

Laparoscopy is typically an outpatient procedure and the patient can continue activities as they feel comfortable.