What is laparoscopic surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgery. During a laparoscopic procedure, your surgeon will use a laparoscope to see inside your body. In the field of gynecology, laparoscopic surgery can be performed to remove ovarian cysts, to perform tubal ligation and hysterectomies.
Do I need laparoscopic surgery?
Laparoscopy can be useful in diagnosing and treating a variety of conditions. Your gynaecologist may recommend diagnostic laparoscopy for one of the following conditions:
- Ovarian cysts
- Ovarian tumours
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
Your gynaecologist may recommend laparoscopic treatment for one of the following reasons:
- Ovary removal
- Ovarian cyst removal
- Fibroid removal
- Endometrial tissue ablation
- Surgery for incontinence
- Surgery for a prolapsed uterus
How does it work?
Your surgeon will make several very small incisions in your abdomen and insert a laparoscope into your body. This will allow your surgeon to see your organs and perform the surgery using the laparoscope as a guide.
What are the benefits? Recovery time is generally mush faster with laparoscopic surgery because it is minimally invasive.