Access Gynaecological surgery involves both Laparoscopic and Hysteroscopy procedures. Access surgery has the advantage of more precise surgery, less post-operative discomfort, less time in Hospital and an earlier return to work.
Laparoscopic surgery involves inserting a telescope through the tummy button (umbilicus) and is used to:
Excise Endometriosis - surgery being the Excision of Endometriosis
Remove Ovarian Cysts - surgery being Laparoscopic Cyst Removal
Divide Adhesions - surgery being Adhesion Removal
Remove Fibroids - surgery being either Myomectomy or Hysterectomy
A Laparoscopy involves:
General anaesthetic (being put to sleep)
A telescope is inserted through the tummy button (umbilicus)
A photo is taken of the pelvis
Removal of conditions (if necessary ) is carried out via small incisions
Laparoscopic surgery takes on average 1 to 2 hours. When you wake after surgery you have a small stitch in any incisions. Most women require two nights in hospital and on your return home you are able to walk, lift, and drive a car within 4-5 days. Normally patients return to work in 7-10 days.
Hysteroscopic surgery involves inserting a telescope into the uterus. It enables more precise diagnosis and treatment of women with irregular vaginal bleeding and may be recommended to diagnose and treat the following:
Endometrial polyps (over growth of the lining of the uterus)
Submucous fibroids (small lumps of muscle)
Abnormal endometrial thickening
A Hysteroscopy involves a light, general anaesthetic and lasts approximately 20 minutes. You will need someone to drive you to and from Hospital and are generally in Hospital for no more than two hours. Most women take the next day off work and can expect a blood stained discharge for up to one week.