Minimal access surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is possible for many conditions and is associated with quicker recovery and a rapid return to normal activity

 

I offer laparoscopic surgery for a number of common gynaecological conditions, such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts, pelvic adhesions and hydrosalpinges. Laparoscopy is done under general anaesthetic. A telescope is inserted through the belly button into the tummy. Gas (carbon dioxide) is inflated into the tummy to separate the organs and allow them to be examined closely. One or two further small cuts are made on the sides of the tummy to introduce instruments that can move and hold organs as needed. 

A major advantage of this type of surgery over the conventional open operation is that the size of incision is small - barely a centimetre. This means that teh amount of pain after operation s much less and you recover sooner. You may even be able to go home the same day as your operation. In most cases you are back to normal within a week.

Like any operation, laparoscopic surgery carries a risk of complications and these can be more likely in women with obesity, previous surgery and severe endometriosis. Complications include a small risk of injury to organs inside the abdomen, such as bowel, ureter or bladder. If an injury occurs, it is an emergency and a major operation may be needed to out right the damage. However, the chances of this are low in most cases, probably less than 1 in a 100. I always discuss the specific risks and benefits of surgery with you before your operation, to enable you to make an informed decision about whether it is right for you.

More information about Laparoscopy can be obtained here - http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Laparoscopy/Pages/Introduction.aspx