Laparoscopy Specialist

Advanced Gynecology

Rafael C. Haciski, MD, FACOG

Gynecologist located in Naples, FL

Dr. Rafael Haciski, MD, FACOG has been performing laparoscopic procedures since 1977 because of their value in diagnosing and treating many gynecologic problems. Dr. Haciski currently provides laparoscopy to women in the Naples, Florida as an alternative to more invasive surgical methods, offering the benefits of shorter recovery and fewer complications. To learn more, call Advanced Gynecology or book an appointment online today.

Laparoscopy Q & A

What is a laparoscopy?

A laparoscope is a slender tool fitted with a light and a video camera that provides Dr. Haciski with a magnified view of your internal structures. Laparoscopy can be used in a diagnostic setting, helping Dr. Haciski identify fibroids, cysts, or endometriosis. He can also use it while treating specific conditions.

For some procedures, laparoscopy has made the laparotomy, a major open surgery, obsolete; laparoscopy is minimally invasive and requires just a tiny incision.

What is laparoscopy used for?

Dr. Haciski uses laparoscopy for both diagnosis and treatment. In some cases, the procedure starts out as a diagnostic measure then evolve into an operative laparoscopy if Dr. Haciski discovers a treatable condition.

The most common uses of laparoscopy include:

  • Endometriosis: Dr. Haciski can make the most accurate diagnosis of endometriosis by completing a laparoscopic diagnosis. Often, he can also use a laparoscope to treat endometriosis.
  • Hysterectomy: Whenever possible, Dr. Haciski performs hysterectomies laparoscopically.
  • Fibroids: Laparoscopy can be used to diagnose uterine fibroids.
  • Ovarian cysts: Painful ovarian cysts can be removed using a laparoscope.   
  • Tubal ligation: Tubal ligation, often referred to as getting your tubes tied, is a common method of female sterilization that can be performed laparoscopically.
  • Tubal reanastomosis: Reconnecting the tubes after a sterilization procedure is sometimes possible and allows for a pregnancy if the woman desires this; Dr Haciski is one of the few physicians who is able to perfom this reanastomsis through the laparoscope.

What happens during a laparoscopy?

When the laparoscopy begins, you receive a pain blocker, anesthesia, and gas is introduced into the abdominal cavity (that allows Dr. Haciski to examine your internal structures). Dr. Haciski inserts the laparoscope through a tiny incision made near the navel.

You may need more than one incision, and diagnostic laparoscopies usually require fewer surgical incisions than treatment-based (operative) laparoscopies. If necessary, Dr. Haciski inserts tiny robotic surgical instruments, such as clamps or scissors, through the small incisions.

After the procedure is over, Dr. Haciski removes the instruments and releases the gas. He closes the cuts with dissolvable stitches.

You’ll be able to go home within hours of the procedure. Your discomfort should be minimal and your recovery time is usually less than a week.

If you’re in need of a laparoscopic procedure, Dr. Haciski has been an expert in the field for more than 30 years. Call the office or request an appointment online today.