Laparoscopy (gynaecology)

Diagnostic keyhole surgery

A type of keyhole surgery that's used to examine the pelvis, fallopian tubes, ovaries and womb, and carry out treatments


A laparoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure. It involves using a keyhole camera (laparoscope) to examine the pelvis, womb, fallopian tubes and ovaries via the belly button. It can be used to diagnose or treat gynaecological conditions.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    A laparoscopy is carried out under general anaesthetic which means you'll be asleep. Your procedure can take 30 - 120 minutes depending on whether it's diagnostic or therapeutic. Your doctor will guide a tiny keyhole camera (laparoscope) through a small cut in your belly button. The camera will then feed back images of your pelvic area, including your fallopian tubes, womb and ovaries. Your doctor will then use these images to diagnose any conditions you may have, or guide treatment for issues such as endometriosis and ovarian cysts.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your consultant will tell you how to prepare for your laparoscopy. Because this procedure involves general anaesthetic, they'll tell you how long you should avoid eating and drinking for beforehand. Like all procedures, there may be some risks involved. Your consultant will explain these to you and answer any question you might have.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    You should be able to go home on the day of your procedure, once your anaesthetic has worn off. You won't be able to drive so please arrange for someone to take you home. You shouldn't be left with any visible scars.

The Cost Of a Private Laparoscopy

Hospital stay and procedure

Prices from

£4,955 subject to the specifics of your treatment as recommended by your consultant.
Indicative consultant fees from £875

Expected length of stay

1 day/night


Before admission

  • Pre-assessment

During your hospital stay

  • Accommodation in a standard room as quoted above.
  • Routine admission tests
  • Patient meals are included but not transferable.
  • Nursing care and facilities
  • Theatre fees, drugs and dressings
  • Removal of stitches, dressing and plaster as required.
  • Take home medication 


  • Any additional nights in hospital not described in the above.
  • Specialist nursing above and beyond required level of care.
  • Any post-operative treatments/consultations which may be required.
  • Any additional or more complex procedures not included in our initial agreement.
  • Any readmission due to complications will result in additional charges in line with our standard prices.
  • Personal costs including visitors’ meals and drinks as well as newspapers.
  • Any costs not specified as included.

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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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