Laparoscopy is a procedure that allows your gynaecologist to access your pelvic organs with the minimum of disturbance. It usually involves a day case admission to hospital, and is done under a light general anaesthetic.
It entails the insertion of a laparoscope (resembling a small telescope) through a small cut below the tummy button.
A gas, carbon dioxide, is pumped into the abdomen to facilitate the view and a second or third small cut may be necessary to allow insertion of other instruments.
If no surgery is performed at the time of laparoscopy, you will normally go home the same day, and may return to work after 3 days.
You may have a small stitch where the instruments have been inserted, which will dissolve.Sometimes procedures such as removing ovarian cysts are done laparoscopically; if surgery is done at the same time, you may need to stay in hospital for 24 hours.
Laparoscopy is used to investigate the following: