Pearl obstetrics | gynaecology

Laparoscopy | Keyhole surgery

  • laparoscopy or keyhole surgery
    Keyhole surgery
    Many operations can be completed using keyhole surgery to maximise recovery and minimise scars.
  • Laparoscopy
    Keyhole surgery
    Laparoscopic instruments are used through small incisions.
  • Laparoscopy
    Keyhole surgery
    The advanced camera gives better images than at open operation - a key advantage.

Laparoscopy | Keyhole surgery | Glengarry Private, Perth


Laparoscopy – Summary

Many patients go home same day after keyhole procedures

1. Laparoscopy allows us to look inside the pelvis, to see the womb, tubes & ovaries, and surrounding areas.
2. We can then operate through other tiny incisions at the same time & resolve any issues.
5. Many standard gynaecology operations can be done using keyhole surgery.
6. Endometriosis, fibroids, adhesions and cysts can often be treated all at one time.
7. Serious complications with laparoscopy are rare.
8. Most women who have laparoscopy feel mostly recovered after a week or so.
9. Driving after a few days is usually possible. You have to be off strong pain killers to drive.
10. Most surgery is completed using laparoscopic techniques through our practice at Glengarry, Perth.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should do your own research. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. For instance, your GP’s opinion will be very helpful.

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Glengarry Private Hospital is a friendly medium-sized hospital in the Northern suburbs in Duncraig, very near to the freeway, midway between Joondalup and Osborne Park Hospital.

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In laparoscopy, a small camera is passed through the tummy button (or occasionally below the ribs). This allows us to see inside the abdomen and pelvis. This incision usually heals very well – often becoming almost invisible within a short time.

1 to 3 additional small 2.4 – 10 mm incisions are made in the lower part of the abdomen. These additional incisions allow operations to be performed using a variety of sophisticated technologies, and remove any specimens that may be needed.

Laparoscopic surgery is more difficult to perform than traditional open surgery. However, because of the magnification, things are much clearer and the surgery is more precise. Recovery is much faster than when open procedures are performed. It’s common for women to go home from Glengarry on the same day after quite significant procedures, with a week on average to fully recover.

Common operations performed using laparoscopy include:

  • hysterectomy
  • removal of ovarian cysts
  • removal or Filshie clip sterilisation of the fallopian tubes
  • removal of fibroids
  • treatment of endometriosis
  • removal of adhesions and scar tissue
  • infertility surgery


Keyhole surgery

Overall, 95% of our surgeries, at Glengarry Private in Perth, are performed using keyhole methods. However, there are some conditions which require traditional techniques with bikini-line or occasionally midline abdominal incisions. Often we still use laparoscopy to enable an operation that could require a midline incision into one with a bikini-line incision, or to make a bikini-line incision smaller. This aids healing.

The risks of the laparoscopy type of keyhole surgery are important to mention. Fortunately serious complications are extremely uncommon in laparoscopy. The most important risk is that of damage to bowel or a major blood vessel at the time the laparoscope is inserted at the start of the operation. This is said to occur in about 1:500 laparoscopy cases. Other risks are infection, bruising, bleeding, and specific complications of the particular operation. For instance, removal of fibroids can lead to bleeding, scar tissue forming afterwards and slight weakening of the womb during pregnancy. Possible complications will be comprehensively discussed, leading to informed consent before booking the operation.

After a laparoscopy, the commonest problem is constipation. This is caused by the anaesthetic & painkillers used after the laparoscopy. Once the bowels settle, post-laparoscopy recovery improves quickly in the majority of women.


Advanced keyhole surgery at Glengarry Private Hospital

PEARL obstetrics | gynaecology

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