Here at GROW, our doctors are highly trained and experienced in a range of laparoscopic procedures. Not all patients with gynaecological concerns will need a laparoscopy and if there are any other non-surgical options available, this will be discussed with you.
What is a Laparoscopy?
A laparoscopy is an operation in which a telescope is inserted through the umbilicus (belly button) to inspect the pelvic organs i.e. uterus (womb), fallopian tubes and ovaries. Diagnostic laparoscopy is used to try and find a cause for symptoms. Laparoscopy may also be therapeutic, when treatment is performed.
Who might benefit from a laparoscopy?
Laparoscopy is useful in evaluating pelvic pain, painful periods, painful intercourse and infertility.
How is a laparoscopy performed?
- Under a General anaesthetic
- A small cut (5mm) is made inside the umbilicus.
- A needle is introduced via the incision into the abdominal cavity, which fills the abdomen with gas (carbon dioxide). This allows the pelvic organs to be seen more clearly.
- The telescope (laparoscope) in inserted.
- Up to three other small incisions may be made to introduce other necessary instruments into the abdominal cavity.
Which procedures may be performed during laparoscopy?
- Diagnostic – determine if there is a cause for the symptoms
- Check fallopian tubes are working (patent)
- Permanent contraception – clamping or removing the fallopian tubes
- Treat endometriosis
- Treat ovarian cyst
- Treat ectopic pregnancy
- Remove ovaries or fallopian tubes
- Remove uterus (Hysterectomy)