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Diagnostic laparoscopy is an operation using keyhole surgery to look at your abdominal and pelvic organs. For some women minor treatments can be performed at the same time.
A diagnostic laparoscopy is good for finding out the cause of lower abdominal and pelvic pain, certain period problems and infertility. The operation will help to find out if you have endometriosis, pelvic infection, adhesions, damaged fallopian tubes, an ectopic pregnancy, ovarian cysts or fibroids.
It may be appropriate to try to find the cause of your symptoms using a blood test, x-rays and scans.
The operation is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. The operation usually takes about 15 minutes.
Your gynaecologist will make several small cuts on your abdomen (see figure 1).
They will insert surgical instruments, along with a telescope, inside your abdomen and perform the operation.
You should be able to go home the same day. The healthcare team will tell you what was found during the laparoscopy and discuss with you any treatment or follow-up you need.
Rest for one to two days and take painkillers if you need them.
Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.
A diagnostic laparoscopy helps to find out the cause of certain gynaecological problems. For some women minor treatments can be performed at the same time.
Author: Mr Jeremy Hawe MBChB MRCOG and Dr Clare Myers MBBS FRANZCOG
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