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Laparoscopy (keyhole surgery)

A laparoscopy can help discover endometriosis, pelvic infection, adhesions, damaged fallopian tubes, an ectopic pregnancy, ovarian cysts or fibroids.

What is a diagnostic laparoscopy?

A diagnostic laparoscopy is an operation to look at the abdominal and pelvic organs using a small telescope (laparoscope). In some circumstances, minor treatments can be performed at the same time.

A diagnostic laparoscopy will help to find out if you have endometriosis, pelvic infection, adhesions, damaged fallopian tubes, an ectopic pregnancy, ovarian cysts or fibroids.

What are the benefits of this type of surgery?

A diagnostic laparoscopy may allow your doctor to find out the cause of your symptoms.  

Are there any alternatives to surgery?

A scan may be used to find the cause of your symptoms.

What does the operation involve?

A diagnostic laparoscopy is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. The operation usually takes about fifteen minutes.

Your gynaecologist will make several small cuts on your abdomen. They will place surgical instruments, along with a telescope, inside your abdomen and perform the operation (see figure 1).

What complications can happen?

General complications of any operation:

  • Pain
  • Sickness
  • Bleeding
  • Infection in the surgical wound
  • Unsightly scarring
  • Blood clots

Specific complications of this operation:

  • Damage to internal organs
  • Developing a hernia near one of the cuts
  • Surgical emphysema
  • Failure to find out what the problem is
  • Failed procedure
  • Infection of the gynaecological organs or bladder

How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home the same day. A member of the healthcare team will tell you the results of the laparoscopy and will discuss with you any treatment or follow-up you need.

You should rest for the first one to two days.

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, you should ask a member of the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

Summary

A diagnostic laparoscopy helps to find out the cause of certain gynaecological problems. Some minor treatments can be performed at the same time.

Acknowledgements

Author: Mr Jeremy Hawe MBChB MRCOG

Illustrations: Hannah Ravenscroft RM This document is intended for information purposes only and should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.

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Keyhole examination - laparoscopy (female reproductive)

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £3,170 Included £3,170
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £3,370

Ovary & fallopian tube removal with or without biopsy

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £5,902 Included £5,902
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £6,102

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Mr Musa Barkeji

Consultant Surgeon

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Mr Jeff Webster

Consultant Urologist

MB, FRCS (UROL), FEBU

BMI Bishops Wood Hospital 2 more BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital BMI Syon Clinic

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Mr John Simpson

Consultant General Surgeon

MBchB PHD FRCS_x000D_  

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Mr Thomas Satyadas

Consultant General Surgeon

UMD DipHPB FRCS (ED) FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Gen Surg)

BMI The Alexandra Hospital

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Mr Mark Henwood

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