Laparoscopic Ovum Pickup Technique

The additional process of egg collection or ovum pick up is called laparoscopic ovum pick up, where a fiber-optic nerve with small video camera is placed into the abdomen by means of a tiny cleft just beneath the belly button. Then abdominal cavity is filled with carbon dioxide using a needle to overstate it and produce working space. When the egg retrieval is done, the clefts are stitched blocked with absorbable stitches.

The laparoscopy for ovum pick up involves the insertion of three instruments into the woman's abdomen, and therefore three small incisions, one or two of which may require a stitch. The laparoscope is inserted through a small incision at the lower edge of the navel. This enables the physician to see the ovaries and the follicles containing the eggs. A second small incision is made, usually on one side of the abdomen, through which an instrument is inserted to hold the ovaries in place. The needle for removing the eggs is inserted through a third small incision, again usually at one side of the abdomen.

The procedure is carried out on a day-case basis.

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