Laparoscopic Surgery

Dr Swift specialises in laparoscopic surgical techniques for fertility treatments, hysterectomy, benign ovarian and tubal disease, prolapse and endometriosis.

Laparoscopic surgery is used to inspect and operate on the organs inside the abdominal (belly) and pelvic area. Laparoscopy is used to diagnose illness in these areas as it allows doctors to view the internal organs and/or take tissue samples for biopsy.   It may also be used to treat a problem surgically at the same time which saves the need for secondary surgery.  It is performed under general anaesthesia, so you are unconscious during the surgery and won’t feel any pain.  Laparoscopic surgery has advantages over traditional surgery, including more rapid recovery, reduced pain and much smaller scars.

During laparoscopy a small incision of around 1 to 1.5cm is made near your belly button.  A thin tube containing a light and camera, known as a laparoscope, is then inserted to look inside the abdomen and pelvis. Gas is used to inflate the belly so the surgeon can see the organs properly and one or more other small cuts may be made for other small instruments if needed.

When you wake from the procedure, you may feel a little sore around the cuts. You may also have some pain in your shoulder — this is caused by pressure from the gas in your abdomen which generally resolves within 24 to 48 hours.

Laparoscopic surgery is commonly used to diagnose:

– endometriosis
– ovarian cysts
– infertility
– and the assessment of pain

Common operations that can be treated with minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques include:

– hysterectomy
– removal of fibroids
– removal of cysts
– treatment of endometriosis
– treatment of prolapse