A Laparoscopy is a procedure that allows a surgeon to look at the organs inside your abdomen and pelvis.
After making a small incision in the abdomen, a slender tube called a laparoscope is inserted. The laparoscope is fitted with a light and video camera to allow images of the organs to be displayed on a large screen.
Laparoscopy is also known as minimal access surgery or key hole surgery and in many cases, it can replace the need for open surgery. Which often means a quicker recovery time. The type of laparoscopy and your individual circumstances will determine the appropriate length of hospital stay, Dr Shalini Dewan will talk to you about this and answer any questions you have.
Types of Laparoscopy
Diagnostic laparoscopy is used to examine a patient and find the cause of symptoms such as pelvic pain, period problems or infertility.
Operative laparoscopy is used to treat a wide range of conditions and to perform certain procedures including:
- an ovarian cyst
- certain uterine fibroids
- prolapse of uterus or bladder
- performing tubal ligation
Recovery after Laparoscopy
If a laparoscopy was performed for diagnosis only, it is likely to be a day procedure with most women going home within a couple of hours. Although it will still take a few days to recover, 2-3 days and up to a week is normal.
- Avoid driving for 24 hours
- Avoid lifting and strenuous exercise for around 4 weeks
- Attend your follow up appointments, which may be to discuss diagnosis or further treatments
If you have any questions or concerns, either before or after a laparoscopy, please call the clinic on 03 9802 3497 or discuss with Shalini at your next appointment.