Bladder Neck Surgery
Laparoscopy is a commonly performed procedure to inspect the organs of the pelvis (uterus, tubes, ovaries) and abdomen (appendix, liver, gallbladder) using a specially designed telescope. This is carried out under general anaesthesia as a day case, without the need of overnight stay.
If treatment has been carried out, one or more nights stay is recommended. The abdomen is filled with gas by making a 5 or 10mm scar in the belly button. One or two similar scar may be indicated below the bikini line if operative laparoscopy is indicated.
Pelvic pain (endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, pelvic abscess)
Infertility: to check the patency of tubes using dye- the tubes are seen with the telescope whilst dye is passed from below.
Treatment of utero vaginal prolapse (Sacrocolpopexy and sacrohysteropexy)
Treatment of endometriosis
Removal of ovarian cysts
Myomectomy (removal of fibroids)
After a laparoscopy it is usual to have some pain in the tummy and around the shoulder tips. However, this should be treatable with pain relief. It should not limit a woman's ability to mobilise and be discharged. Vaginal bleeding is also quite common but should not be heavier than the worst day of a normal period and should not last more than about two weeks.
Following a diagnostic laparoscopy most women take a week off work. Following an operative laparoscopy, most women take two to three weeks off work depending on the complexity of the procedure and other co-existing medical conditions.