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Laparoscopy

A Laparoscopy is a type of surgical procedure that allows a surgeon to access the inside of the abdomen and pelvis without having to make large incisions in the skin. By looking at your internal organs and tissues, this operation will help the gynaeocologist at the London Medical and Aesthetic clinic to diagnose your problem. With advice , you can  then decide whether further treatment such as medication or surgery is needed.

Laparoscopic surgery, also called minimally invasive surgery (MIS), bandaid surgery, or keyhole  surgery, is a modern surgical technique in which operations in the abdomen are performed through small incisions (usually 0.5–1.5 cm) as opposed to the larger incisions needed in laparoscopy.

Keyhole surgery makes use of images displayed on TV monitors to magnify the surgical elements.

Laparoscopic surgery includes operations within the abdominal or pelvic cavities, whereas keyhole surgery performed on the thoracic or chest cavity is called thoracoscopic surgery. Laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery belong to the broader field of endoscopy

There are a number of advantages to the patient with laparoscopic surgery versus an open procedure. These include reduced pain due to smaller incisions and hemorrhaging , and shorter recovery time.

Laparoscopy is minimally invasive. This is made possible with an instrument called a laparoscope. A laparoscope is a small tube that consists of a light source and a camera. The camera relays images of the inside of the abdomen or pelvis to a television monitor.

The surgeon makes a small incision in the skin and passes the laparoscope through it to study the organs and tissues inside the abdomen or pelvis.

The advantages of this technique over traditional open surgery are that people who have a laparoscopy have:

  • a faster recovery time
  • less pain after the operation
  • minimal scarring

Gynecological laparoscopy can be used to:

  • diagnose and treat endometriosis
  • diagnose and treat pelvic inflammatory disease
  • remove scar tissue (adhesions)
  • treat an ectopic pregnancy
  • carry out female sterilization, which is permanent contraception
  • remove an ovarian cyst
  • remove your womb hysterectomy or ovaries (oophorectomy)
  • treat fibroids
  • remove lymph nodes for cancer treatment

​Other options exist such as x-rays and procedures like open surgery. You could also decide not to go ahead with the operation and live with the problem, but sometimes there is no alternative to a laparoscopy.

​The procedure can take 15 minutes or more depending on what type of examination or treatment you need. At the end of the procedure, your surgeon will carefully take the instruments out of your abdomen and allow the gas to escape through the laparoscope. He or she will close the cuts with stitches. You will need to rest until the effects of the anesthetic have passed and may need pain relief to help with any discomfort. General anesthesia temporarily affects your co-ordination and reasoning skills, so you must not drive, drink alcohol, operate machinery or sign legal documents for 24 hours afterwards. If you’re in any doubt about driving, contact your motor insurer so that you’re aware of their recommendations, and always follow your surgeon’s advice.

Safety

Laparoscopic surgery is very common and is generally regarded as very safe. Serious complications as a result of surgery are rare and occur in an estimated 1 in 1,000 cases.

As with every procedure, there are some risks associated with gynecological laparoscopy.  and this usually improves within 48 hours. This includes  some bruising on your abdomen around the areas where the laparoscope and any surgical instruments were put in – this usually gets better without treatment. All  associated risks are specific to you and differ for every person.  Please read the Frequently asked question below which covers this topic in more detail.

 

At the London Medical and Aesthetic clinic we have an experienced gyneacologist to look after you before and after your consultation. If you have any more questions about the Laproscopy procedure then please do not hesitate to contact us

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