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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

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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

Request an appointment

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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