When laparoscopy is used
Laparoscopy can be used to help diagnose a wide range of conditions that develop inside the abdomen or pelvis. It can also be used to carry out surgical procedures, such as removing a damaged or diseased organ, or removing a tissue sample for further testing (biopsy).
Laparoscopy is most commonly used in:
- Gynaecology – The study and treatment of conditions affecting the female reproductive system.
- Gastroenterology – The study and treatment of conditions affecting the digestive system.
- Urology – The study and treatment of conditions affecting the urinary system.
Laparoscopy is a commonly performed procedure and serious complications are rare.
Minor complications are estimated to occur in 1 or 2 out of every 100 cases following laparoscopy. They include:
- minor bleeding and bruising around the incision.
- feeling sick and vomiting.