Indianapolis Location
8051 S. Emerson Ave., Suite 400
Indianapolis, Indiana 46237


Mooresville Location
1205 Hadley Rd.
Mooresville, Indiana 46158



What is a Diagnostic Laparoscopy?

Diagnostic laparoscopy is a procedure that allows a health care provider to look directly at the contents of a patient’s abdomen or pelvis.

The procedure is usually done in the hospital or outpatient surgical center under general anesthesia (while you are asleep and pain-free). However, very rarely, this procedure may also be done using local anesthesia. This numbs only the area affected by the surgery and allows you to stay awake. A tube is placed through the cut in your abdomen. A tiny video camera (laparoscope) goes through this tube and is used to see the inside of your pelvis and abdomen. More small cuts may be made if other instruments are needed to get a better view of certain organs. A surgeon makes a small cut below the belly button (navel) and inserts a needle into the area. Carbon dioxide gas is passed into the abdomen to expand the area. This gives the surgeon more room to work, and helps the surgeon see the organs more clearly. If you are having gynecologic laparoscopy, dye may be injected into your cervix area so the surgeon can better see your fallopian tubes. After the exam, the gas, laparoscope, and instruments are removed, and the cuts are closed. You will have bandages over those areas.

Preparing for Surgery

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Getting to Surgery: Facility Information

Our Indianapolis Doctor’s schedule surgeries at the following locations:

Franciscan Surgery Center
5255 E. Stop 11 Road, Suite 100
Indianapolis, Indiana 46237
Phone: 317-528-5900
Fax: 317-528-5909
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St. Francis Hospital Indianapolis
8111 S. Emerson Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46237
Phone: 317-528-5000
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Community Surgery Center South
1550 E. County Line Road
Indianapolis, Indiana 46227
Phone: 317-887-7600
Fax: 317-887-7606
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Community Hospital South
1402 E. County Line Road South
Indianapolis, Indiana 46227
Phone: 317-887-7000
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Our Mooresville Doctor’s Schedule surgery at the below facilities:

St. Francis Mooresville
1201 Hadley Road
Mooresville, Indiana 46158
Phone: 317-831-1160
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Ambulatory Surgery Center
1215 Hadley Road, Suite 100
Mooresville, Indiana 46158
Phone: 317-834-9900
Fax: 317-834-9501

IU Health West Hospital
1111 N. Ronald Reagan Parkway
Avon, Indiana 46123
Phone: 317-217-3000
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Post-Operative Instructions: Laparoscopy

Activity: You may drive a car 24 hours after surgery if you feel capable of doing so. Avoid heavy lifting (greater than 20lbs) for two weeks. No other restrictions are necessary. It is recommended that you have periodic rest periods if you notice being tired for the first few days following surgery.

Lying flat with a heating pad will help alleviate neck and shoulder discomfort if any should occur. Also, products that contain Simethhicone, such as Gas-X, and eating small meals for the first forty-eight hours may be helpful.

Sexual Intercourse: Intercourse is permitted two weeks after surgery.

Menstruation: Following surgery you may notice occasional spotting or bleeding; however, the surgery itself should have no effect on your periods, unless an ovarian procedure was also performed. If an ovarian surgery was performed, your cycle may be irregular.

Bathing: Showers and tub baths are permitted at any time.

Work: You may return to work whenever you feel up to it. This is generally within one to three days.

Stitches: Your incision(s) should be cleaned daily with antibacterial soap and water. Absorbable stitches have been used in your incision and do not need to be removed. Dermabond glue may have been used over your incision. You may remove the glue one to two weeks after surgery. One week after surgery, you may use Mederma (over the counter) on your incision to decrease scarring. If the sutures have not dissolved by your post-operative visit, they may need to be removed at that time.

Please call if you experience any signs of infection, such as: redness, tenderness, swelling, green drainage, or foul odor at the incision site or vaginally.

Return Visit: If you do not have a follow-up appointment already scheduled, please call our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment to be seen two to four weeks after surgery. If it also important to notify your physician sooner if you experience any severe abdominal pain, fever greater than 101.5, heavy bleeding greater than a pad an hour, or a change in bowl or bladder habits.

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