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  • Gynaecology
  • 25.01.23

What is a laparoscopy and why is it needed?

When you’re dealing with health issues it’s common to come across terminology that you’re not familiar with. Laparoscopy is a term you might come across if you’re investigating endometriosis with the specialists at Grace Private

What is a laparoscopy?

A laparoscopy is a surgical procedure used to examine the inside of your abdomen. You may have a laparoscopy for:

  • Ectopic pregnancy.
  • Female infertility.
  • Hysterectomy.
  • Adhesions
  • Cancers.
  • Endometriosis.

One of the main reasons you may need a laparoscopy is because your gynaecologist believes you may have endometriosis. A laparoscopy is the only way you can successfully diagnose endometriosis. 

During a laparoscopy a small incision is made near the belly button. Then, a small telescope called a laparoscope is inserted into the incision with a video camera attached. This camera will help the surgeon examine and operate if required. It’s performed under general anaesthesia and is normally a day procedure, or an overnight stay may be required. You will need someone to drive you home after surgery. 

How does a laparoscopy check for endometriosis? 

If your Grace gynaecologist has recommended a laparoscopy, the surgeon will conduct an examination to look for endometriosis lesions, scars and adhesions. They will also examine for any other abnormalities. 

If the surgeon finds endometriosis they will remove it during the laparoscopy and then send it for histology to confirm the endometriosis diagnosis. 

What happens after a laparoscopy?

Because of the small incision, a laparoscopy is less invasive than other types of surgery. There is less risk of complications such as bleeding and infection, minimal scarring, reduced pain and less recovery time. 

There are a few symptoms you may experience after a laparoscopy, including: 

  • Nausea.
  • Abdominal cramps.
  • Soreness around incision.
  • Shoulder pain from the gas that was used in the abdominal cavity.
  • Constipation.
  • Light bleeding or discharge from the vagina. 
  • Bloating feeling.

Symptoms should only last a couple of days after a laparoscopy. If symptoms persist longer it’s important to speak with your gynaecologist. In most cases you’ll be able to resume normal daily activities. It’s recommended to avoid strenuous activities during this time. 

Endometriosis diagnosis with Grace Private

At Grace Private our experienced doctors work within a multidisciplinary team that includes physiotherapists, a dietitian and psychologists to help you with your health journey.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of endometriosis and would like to diagnose your condition, ‘ask for Grace’ next time you visit your GP for a referral to see a Grace gynaecologist.

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