Can Laparoscopy Treat Ectopic Pregnancy?

Last Editorial Review: 1/11/2018

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What is the role of laparoscopy in treating ectopic pregnancy?

Doctor's response

If ectopic pregnancy is treated surgically instead of medically, laparoscopy is the surgical procedure most often indicated.  In most cases, an incision is made in the tube, called a salpingostomy, and the tissue is not sewn shut.  This is because letting the tissue close itself can minimize the risk of further scarring, i.e.; in order to decrease the risk of future ectopic pregnancy due to scarring.  If the tube is severely damaged or a woman is medically unstable, other more extensive types of procedures may be performed.

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Medical Author: Carolyn Janet Crandall, M.D.


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