A laparoscopy is a minimally invasive operation (also known as ‘key-hole’ surgery) that involves inserting a small telescope into the abdomen through the umbilicus (belly button) in order to magnify and closely examine the pelvic organs. Only a very small cut is required to minimise post-operative scarring. The laparoscope contains a tiny camera which allows pictures of the pelvic organs to be seen on a television screen. The space inside the pelvis is also inflated using a small amount of carbon dioxide which is pumped through a channel to create more room for the inspection to take place.
The procedure is used to diagnose conditions such as endometriosis, pelvic infection, fibroids, infertility and ovarian cysts. Laparoscopic surgery can also be used to treat as well as investigate many gynaecological problems. Moreover, Mr Broome is one of the UK’s leading experts in keyhole surgery with extensive experience and expertise in managing these common conditions.
Patients will be given a general anaesthetic but the recovery time is likely to be much shorter than with a more invasive operation. Most people will experience some post-operative discomfort, particularly in the area where the small incision has been made, but this can be treated with pain relief medication and should subside quickly. Patients may also experience some brief post-operative pain at the tips of their shoulders; this is a harmless side effect of the carbon dioxide gas and it is nothing to worry about. There are far fewer risks associated with this kind of surgery (although no operation is entirely risk free) and generally a much shorter stay in hospital is required.