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Laparoscopy Investigations

A Laparoscopy is a diagnostic procedure to help the surgeon  look inside the abdomen and pelvis. It can enable the specialist to identify a number of conditions, including appendicitis and ovarian cysts.

The procedure involves a small incision being made in the abdomen wall with a laparascope (thin microscope with a light on the end) being inserted to look at the abdominal organ. The images are relayed back to the surgeon who can, during the same procedure, perform keyhole surgery and take tissue samples (biopsy) thus causing any future trauma or discomfort from the patient. 

This operation is sometimes used when previous x rays have identified a problem in the area of the pelvis and abdomen. 

Laparoscopy may also be used to help surgeons see what they are doing if they need to perform open surgery. This is sometimes necessary for the removal of the gall bladder and appendix.

The procedure requires a general anaesthetic and patients will be allowed to go home on the same day as the operation or the day after. We advise that a member of family or friend is available to collect the patient post surgery as they will not be legally allowed to drive home. 

The surgeon will place a catheter into the bladder via the urethra to keep the bladder empty during the surgery. 

A small incision is made just underneath the belly button through which a a hollow needle is inserted and carbon dioxide gas blown into the abdomen to separate the organs so the surgeon can see more clearly into the affected area.

A second cut is then made in the abdomen, through which the laparoscope is gently placed. The position of incision greatly depends on which procedure is being done.

Small surgical instruments are fed through the incisions and guided to the right place so they can be used for minor surgery inside the abdomen.

Following the procedure the incisions are neatly stitched. 

After a laparoscopy, it's normal for the patient to feel some pain and discomfort around the cuts in the abdomen - this will return to normal after a couple of days.  

Pain may also be experienced in the shoulders as the nerves that supply the shoulder also supply the diaphragm which can become stretched and irritated during surgery. The consultant will discuss all the details of the surgery prior to any work taking place. 

Most patients will return to work one or two days after the operation. It is important to maintain regular exercise in the days and weeks following the procedure to aid the recovery process and return to normal activities as soon as possible.

This procedure will normally be covered by the medical insurance policy but patients are advised to check with the provider prior to any treatment.

If the patient is paying for their own treatment all costs will be discussed and explained prior to any treatment taking place. This will be confirmed in writing along with any surgeon fees, anaesthetist fees and hospital charges prior to admission.


The Sefton Suite
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Lower Lane
L9 7AL
Telephone: 0151 257 6700