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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

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
Consultant in theatres

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.

Our facilities

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

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

  • Wellington-south-hero-facility-582-582

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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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