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What is a laparoscopy?

A laparoscopy is a dignostic operation to look at the abdominal and pelvic organs using a small telescope (laparoscope). In some circumstances, minor treatments can be performed at the same time.

A diagnostic laparoscopy will help to find out if you have endometriosis, pelvic infection, adhesions, damaged fallopian tubes, an ectopic pregnancy, ovarian cysts or fibroids.

What are the benefits of this type of surgery?

A diagnostic laparoscopy may allow your doctor to find out the cause of your symptoms.  

Are there any alternatives to surgery?

A scan may be used to find the cause of your symptoms.

What does the operation involve?

A diagnostic laparoscopy is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. The operation usually takes about fifteen minutes.

Your gynaecologist will make several small cuts on your abdomen. They will place surgical instruments, along with a telescope, inside your abdomen and perform the operation (see figure 1).

What complications can happen?

There are no specific complications associated a laparoscpy other than the general complications following of any operation.

How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home the same day. A member of the healthcare team will tell you the results of the laparoscopy and will discuss with you any treatment or follow-up you need.

You should rest for the first one to two days.

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, you should ask a member of the healthcare team or your GP for advice.


A diagnostic laparoscopy helps to find out the cause of certain gynaecological problems. Some minor treatments can be performed at the same time.

Is treatment expensive?

After your initial consultation you would be provided with a detailed quote to let you know the exact price and everything that it includes.

You may not need to meet the costs yourself as you may be covered by Private Medical Insurance of your own, or be covered through insurance at your workplace.

BMI Ross Hall Hospital sees both insured and self-pay patients.

There is also the option to take advantage of the BMI Card which offers 12 months interest free credit, £20,000 credit, and a 48-hour approval for applications of up to £7,000.

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