Laparoscopy (gynaecology)

Gynaecological Diagnostic keyhole surgery

A type of keyhole surgery that's used to examine the pelvis, fallopian tubes, ovaries and womb, and carry out treatments

What is a gynaecology laparoscopy?

A laparoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure. It involves using a keyhole camera (laparoscope) to examine the pelvis, womb, fallopian tubes and ovaries via the belly button. It can be used to diagnose or treat gynaecological conditions.

Need to know

  • What happens during your investigative surgery? icon plus

    Your doctor will guide a tiny keyhole camera (laparoscope) through a small cut in your belly button. The camera will then feed back images of your pelvic area, including your fallopian tubes, womb and ovaries. Your doctor will then use these images to diagnose any conditions you may have, or guide treatment for issues such as endometriosis and ovarian cysts. A laparoscopy is carried out under general anaesthetic which means you'll be asleep. Your procedure in theatre can take 30 - 120 minutes depending on whether it's diagnostic or therapeutic.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your consultant will tell you how to prepare for your laparoscopy. Because this procedure involves general anaesthetic, they'll tell you how long you should avoid eating and drinking for beforehand. Like all procedures, there may be some risks involved. Your consultant will explain these to you and answer any question you might have.
  • After surgery icon plus

    You should be able to go home on the day of your procedure, once your anaesthetic has worn off. You won't be able to drive so please arrange for someone to take you home. You shouldn't be left with any visible scars.

Our gynaecology consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts in gynaecology and women's health, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion. 

Our locations

From complex pelvic surgery to investigative and minor procedures, we provide exceptional gynaecology care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Book an appointment with a gynaecologist

Our team can help book a consultation with a gynaecologist in one of our HCA UK facilities in London or Manchester by phone or by completing our appointment request form. 

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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