Laparoscopy

A gynaecological laparoscopy is a procedure used to look inside the abdominal cavity (tummy) and examine the pelvic organs. It is usually performed to diagnose the cause of pelvic pain or to treat conditions such as ovarian cysts.

A medical telescope with a camera attached, a laparoscope, is put into the abdomen through a small cut at the naval (umbilicus). The pictures from the camera are displayed on a TV screen so that the surgeon can clearly see the organs inside the pelvic cavity. Depending on whether the laparoscopy is for diagnostic reasons or for treating a gynaecological condition will determine whether 1 or 2 further incisions are made.

A laparoscopy is usually a day case procedure. Your surgeon will guide you as to the likely timescale for a full return to normal activities.

Post-operative information on laparoscopy.

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