What is it?
Diagnostic laparoscopy is a procedure that allows your surgeon to look directly at the contents of your abdomen or pelvis, including the fallopian tubes, ovaries, uterus, small bowel, large bowel, appendix, liver and gallbladder. This examination helps identify the cause of your pain in this region.
How is it done?
Laparoscopy is performed whilst you are under a general anaesthetic. A small incision is made near your belly button. The laparoscope is inserted through this incision and the abdomen inflated to make the organs easier to see. The laparoscope may also be equipped with surgical devices for taking tissue samples or dividing scar tissue. A second incision at the pubic hairline may also be necessary. This site provides an additional opening for instruments needed for completing minor surgical procedures.