Minimal Access Surgery


Hysterocopy

Hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is used to look inside the uterus. It does not require any incisions as it involves the insertion of a fibre optic camera into the uterus via the vagina. 

The hysteroscope is a thin fibre-optic device that is inserted via vagina under a general anaesthetic. It is most commonly used to investigate the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding; it makes it possible to detect and assess fibroids, polyps and endometrial patches inside the uterine cavity.

Hysteroscopy can also be useful to facilitate biopsy of the endometrium, to assist retrieval of a lost intra-uterine device, for removal of adhesions and for hysteroscopic sterilisation.

Following the procedure you may experience some mild cramping and bloody discharge for a couple of days.
 

Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is used to investigate and diagnosis pelvic problems including severe pelvic pain, endometriosis, fibroids and ovarian cysts. It involves the insertion of a tiny fibre-optic camera through a very small incision in the abdomen.

Laparoscopy can also be used to treat pelvic pathologies, for instance to remove fibroids or small patches of endometriosis; or to treat ectopic pregnancy. It may also be used for laparoscopic sterilisation.

Investigative laparoscopy is typically done as a day case procedure and is usually done under a general anaesthetic.

When laparoscopy involves surgery, it typically entails shorter recovery times than open surgery (laparotomy) but it does still carry the risks associated with general surgery. Occasionally surgery that begins using laparoscopy may need to be modified and converted to open surgery and a larger incision in the abdomen. There is also the risk of damage to organs such as bowel and bladder. You will be able to discuss the procedure in detail with Yinka, in the context of your personal symptoms and pathology so that you are aware of the benefits and any risks.

For a few days following the procedure it is normal to feel tired and had some abdominal discomfort, especially around the surgical wound sites. Yinka will give you clear guidelines about post-operative care to assist your smooth recovery.
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