Laparoscopy (gastrointestinal)

Laparoscopy for gastrointestinal (GI) investigation

A procedure to investigate any problems you're having with your oesophagus, stomach, biliary system, pancreas or bowel.

About Laparoscopy (gastrointestinal)

Your consultant might need to investigate your gastrointestinal tract if you're experiencing any issues in your oesophagus, stomach, biliary system, pancreas or bowel. The gastrointestinal laparoscopy surgery we offer at our world-class hospitals takes around 30 to 90 minutes.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    This minimally invasive form of keyhole surgery involves passing a tiny camera through very small incisions in your abdomen. This procedure is usually carried out under general anaesthetic, so you'll be asleep. Your consultant will make several small cuts into your abdomen and insert surgical instruments, along with a laparoscope — a small tube with a light source and a camera on the end. The images from the laparoscope are shown on a screen that your consultant looks at while they carry out your procedure. Once they've finished, your consultant will close the area with stitches.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    If you're having general anaesthetic, your consult will tell you how long you should avoid eating and drinking for. You might be able to go home the same day as your surgery. If you do, you should arrange for someone to drive you home. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    You might feel a bit groggy after your anaesthetic. You might also feel some discomfort in your abdomen. This should pass fairly quickly. If you feel any pain or ongoing discomfort you should tell your consultant. You should be able to go home on the same day as your procedure. And because of the minimally invasive nature of the treatment, you should have no or very little visible scarring once you're healed. Your consultant will let you know the results of your laparoscopy within 48 hours.

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Our locations

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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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