Laparoscopy (gynaecology)

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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

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    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 guides a tiny keyhole camera (laparoscope) through a small cut in your belly button. The camera feeds back images of your pelvic area including your fallopian tubes, womb and ovaries. Your doctor uses these images to diagnose any conditions you might have or guide treatment for issues such as endometriosis and ovarian cysts. 

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    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.

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Our facilities

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  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street


    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 3797 3580
    Maternity enquiries 020 3468 6141
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 3797 3846

  • The Princess Grace Hospital Facility

    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place


    W1U 5NY

    Enquiries 020 7486 1234
    Appointments 020 7908 8001

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street


    SE1 2PR

    Enquiries 020 7407 3100
    Appointments 020 7234 2009

  • The Wellington Hospital Facility

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place


    NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    Enuiries 020 3553 1516

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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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