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Minimal access surgery

What is minimal access surgery?

Minimal access surgery is key hole surgery to treat various gynaecological conditions such as fibroids, endometriosis, polyps and cysts in a minimally invasive way without the need for large surgical site incisions.

What are the advantages fo minimal access surgery?


The advantages of minimal access surgery are a shorter recovery time, less time spent in hospital and less pain, bleeding and scarring.

What types of minimal access surgery are there?

There are two main types of key hole gynaecological surgery:

  • Laparoscopy

Minimal access surgery is often done as a laparoscopy where a very small incision is made and a device with a camera on the end is inserted and the images displayed on a screen. Instruments to perform your treatment are inserted through another small incision and your gynaecologist performs surgery while looking at the display screen. Gas is usually pumped into the abdomen to create more space for your surgeon to see what they are doing inside.

  • Hysteroscopy


Another type of minimal access surgery is a hysteroscopy. This is when a speculum is inserted into the vagina to enable your surgeon to open your cervix. A small tube with a light and camera on it is inserted to allow your surgeon to examine your uterus and other surrounding areas. Surgical tools can be passed along the hysteroscope to perform the treatment required.

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