In some cases, we will need to carry out a Laparoscopy to get a more accurate diagnosis on a particular condition we use this to look inside the tummy or in the area of the pelvis.

Laparoscopic (Keyhole) surgery is a great alternative to a fully surgical option, which is why we offer it as a treatment. Traditional surgery can be quite scary and daunting as it requires more time spent in hospital and larger incisions.

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Laparoscopy is keyhole surgery

Laparoscopy, also known as keyhole surgery, we make a tiny cut to get to the inside of the abdomen (the tummy) and the pelvis. It is also known as minimally invasive surgery.

We use a laparoscope; it is a small tube which has a light and camera on it. This gives us images of the inside of your abdomen or pelvis on a TV monitor and we can take pictures.

This type of keyhole surgery has many advantages over traditional surgery, these include;

  • A shorter stay in hospital
  • Less pain and bleeding after the operation
  • Reduces scarring
  • Less risk of infection

Laparoscopy surgery is commonly used in gynaecology as it helps to discover more and diagnose a range of conditions which develop inside the abdomen or pelvis in a safe way.

We use it for diagnosing conditions such as;

  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Endometriosis
  • Ectopic Pregnancy
  • Ovarian Cyst
  • Fibroids
  • Causes of female infertility
  • To take a biopsy

Does it hurt

Laparoscopy is carried out using a general anaesthetic so you wont feel anything during the procedure


Will I need to stay in hospital?

The treatment is generally done one day and after one night stay you will be ready to go home mid-day the next day.

We carry out a lot of these procedures and Laparoscopy surgery is very common and considered very safe, any serious complications are rare with this type of surgery.

Minor complications

The minor complications that may occur in 1 in 100 women are;

  • Infection around the incision (small cut)
  • Temporary and minor bleeding and bruising around the incision (small cut)
  • Feeling sick or vomiting

This type of surgery is a great option for us to safely diagnose conditions inside the abdomen or pelvis with low risks and a quick recovery for the patient.

For more information about these and alternative procedures, please contact us.

Serious complications

Rare and more serious complications in around 1 out of every 1,000 cases have been seen

They include:

  • damage to an organ, such as your bowel or bladder.
  • damage to a major artery
  • complications arising from the use of carbon dioxide during the procedure, such as the gas bubbles entering your veins or arteries
  • a serious allergic reaction to the general anaesthetic
  • a blood clot developing in a vein

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