A laparoscopy is a keyhole surgery or minimal access surgery, to examine your womb (uterus), fallopian tubes and ovaries. It is used to investigate, diagnose and treat a variety of many gynaecological conditions.
What happens during a laparoscopy?
Under general anaesthetic, a very small incision is made in your abdomen and a device with a camera on the end is inserted and the images displayed on a screen.
Gas is pumped into the abdomen to create more space for your surgeon to see what they are doing inside.
Instruments to perform your treatment are inserted through another small incision and your gynaecologist performs surgery while looking at the display screen.
What happens next?
If the laparoscopy diagnosed a condition then you will discuss the treatment options for it with your consultant.
You may be given painkillers to help with any discomfort while recovering from the surgery and you may be more tired than usual but with plenty of rest you should be back to yourself in roughly a week.
What is a laparoscopy used for?
Gynaecological laparoscopies are used to investigate, diagnose and sometimes treat the following:
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