Abdominal laparoscopy

Laparoscopy

We offer an abdominal laparoscopy to examine the organs inside your abdomen and pelvis in a minimally invasive procedure

About

We offer this treatment to investigate a number of conditions which might affect the organs in your abdomen and pelvis. These can include different types of cancer, endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease. This minimally invasive form of keyhole surgery takes around 30 to 90 minutes.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    This type of surgery usually takes place under general anaesthetic, so you'll be asleep. Your consultant passes a small tube with tiny camera (a laparoscope) through a single, tiny incision in your abdomen to examine organs in your abdominal area. This camera relays images of the inside of your abdominal area on to a screen. Once they've finished, your consultant will close the area with stitches. You can usually go home on the same day as your laparoscopy.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Because you're having general anaesthetic, your consultant will let you know how long you should avoid eating or drinking for. At HCA, we have a number of surgeons who specialise in the SILS (scarless surgery) technique, which can be used for gynaecological laparoscopies. You should ask your consultant about this. Like most procedures, there might be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you. And they'll also answer any questions you might have about the treatment. You might feel a bit drowsy after your general anaesthetic so you should arrange for someone to drive you home after your treatment.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    You might experience feelings of bloating or cramp in your tummy after an abdominal laparoscopy. This is normal and should disappear after a couple of days. If you do feel any pain, you should contact your consultant. You'll need to rest when you get home after your laparoscopy but you should be fine to get back to your usual routine, including exercise, after a couple of days.

Our consultants

We’re proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical, fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.
Consultant in theatres

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

Our team can help with any enquiries or you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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