Surgical investigation for fertility

If you require surgery as part of your fertility treatment, this may include conventional open surgery or keyhole surgery.

A surgical procedure will allow your consultant to have a look inside your body, to evaluate the structures of your reproductive system, including the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus. There are two different procedures that your consultant may advise.

1. Laparoscopy

During this procedure a small telescope is inserted through a tiny 1cm incision inside the umbilicus and a second 1cm incision in the bikini line is used to introduce an instrument to enable the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes to be examined carefully.

As well as dye assessment of the tubes, gynaecological laparoscopy also allows a full assessment of the pelvis to look for and treat endometriosis, the presence of any scar tissue (adhesions) around the fallopian tubes or ovaries and some fibroids.

This would therefore be recommended to those struggling to conceive who also have gynaecological symptoms suggestive of any of those disorders such as painful periods, painful intercourse or pelvic pain.

2. Hysteroscopy

A hysteroscopy is a procedure performed under a general anaesthetic where the uterine cavity is assessed by introducing a small (5mm) telescope (hysteroscope) gently through the opening of the cervix. into the uterine cavity.

Polyps, fibroids, adhesions can be removed at the same time using a resectoscope.

Our fertility consultants

We're proud to work with leading fertility experts across a range of medical fields, including gynaecology and urology. 

Our team of consultants is supported by embryologists, sonographers and counsellors, as well as experienced fertility trained nurse practitioners.

Our locations

From complex fertility treatment and surgery to diagnostic tests and scans, we provide access to exceptional fertility and reproductive care across our network of fertility clinics.

Contact us about having fertility treatment

Our helpline advisors can assist with enquiries and help book an appointment with a fertility specialist. Alternatively you can submit a request for an appointment at one of our fertility clinics.


Request an appointment at Lister Fertility Clinic, Chelsea

Request an appointment at Lister Fertility Clinic, The Portland Hospital

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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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