Laparoscopy (Keyhole Surgery)

 

Laparoscopy also known as keyhole surgery is a surgical procedure where the surgeon can gain access to the abdominal and pelvic cavity with small 0.5 to 1cm incisions at defined points on the abdomen. The abdomen is filled with CO2 gas to provide an optimal image and the laparoscope (telescope) camera relies on advanced optics to transmit a clear picture onto a television monitor throughout the procedure. There are two types of laparoscopies. Diagnostic laparoscopy is used to make a diagnosis of disease or assess for any pelvic anomaly. An operative laparoscopy enables operative treatments including those to Endometriosis, Fibroids, Ovarian cysts or adhesions to be performed.

Advantages of laparoscopy over open surgery include a faster recovery post operatively, reduced levels of pain and minimal scarring. Most laparoscopies are performed as day case procedures. Mr Davis specialises in operative laparoscopic procedures and performs them on a regular basis both in the NHS at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and privately at the Princess Grace Hospital and the London Clinic.

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