Laparoscopy is a way of doing surgery without making a large incision (cut). A laparoscope (thin, lighted tube) is inserted into the abdomen through a small incision. The laparoscope is a small camera that allows the doctor to see the pelvic organs. If a problem needs to be fixed, other instruments may be used and are inserted either through the laparoscope or through other small cuts in the abdomen.
Laparoscopy is usually done as an outpatient surgery. More complex procedures may require an overnight stay in the hospital.