Here at GROW, our doctors are highly trained and experience in a range of laparoscopic surgery. This is a common gynaecological procedure we perform. 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 Laparoscopy?
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 laparoscopy?
Laparoscopy is useful in evaluating pelvic pain, painful periods, painful intercourse and infertility.
How is 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)