Laparoscopic surgery or key-hole surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to look at your womb, fallopian tubes, ovaries and the surrounding pelvic organs to check for any abnormalities.
What does a laparoscopy involve?
A laparoscopy is performed under general anaesthetic where a small camera telescope called a laparoscope is inserted into your abdomen through a small incision made in your belly button.
Laparoscopic surgery is usually an outpatient procedure, meaning you’re likely able to go home on the same day of your laparoscopy, although you may need to stay in hospital overnight.
Why would you be referred for a laparoscopy?
Many fertility investigations are performed via laparoscopy, as a minimally invasive surgery it allows your surgeon to view internal images and confirm a diagnosis, such as checking the fallopian tubes for any blockages etc.
A laparoscopy can be used to diagnose and treat a range of conditions including:
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Ovarian cysts
- General gynaecologic pain including pelvic pain, period pain and pain related to sexual intercourse
What are the benefits of having a laparoscopy?
The advantages of this technique over traditional open surgery include:
- a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery time
- less pain and bleeding after the operation
- reduced scarring
Risks of laparoscopic surgery
Laparoscopy is a commonly performed procedure and serious complications are rare.
Minor complications include:
- minor bleeding and bruising around the incision
- feeling sick and vomiting
Your safety is our highest priority, our experienced surgeons will do everything in their power to avoid any complications and undergo necessary requirements to protect you from risks.