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Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed using a laparoscope, a thin fibre-optic instrument with a camera and lens attached to it. Laparoscopy can be used for diagnosing and treating various conditions.
Laparoscopy in gynaecology is used to check for any abnormalities in the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and other organs which are not evident by other diagnostic procedures such as ultrasounds or X-rays.
Laparoscopy is used to diagnose and treat conditions such as pelvic pain, infertility, fibroids, cysts, tumours, endometriosis, ectopic (tubal) pregnancies, pelvic inflammatory disease, and other gynaecological problems.
Pelvic pain is one of the most common gynaecological problems which may be caused by various conditions. Assessing the exact cause for pain is essential to treat the condition. Laparoscopy helps in assessing the exact cause of the pain such as presence of scar tissue (adhesions), infections and ovarian cysts, endometriosis.
It involves a general anaesthetic.
During the procedure, small incisions are made in the abdomen and small tubes are inserted through these incisions. The laparoscope is introduced into the abdomen which allows diagnosis and treatment of disease.
A laparoscopy is often combined with a hysteroscopy (click on to the link to hysteroscopy)
Dr Andreadis performs laparoscopies at Sydney Day Surgery and St Luke’s Hospital.
RPAH Medical Centre
100 Carillon Avenue
Newtown, NSW 2042
Ph: (02) 9519-9707 Fax: (02) 8088-8005