You may be having, or have had, a laparoscopy: a keyhole operation, and minimal access surgery.
As a diagnostic procedure, a Gynaecologist will assess your pelvis by looking inside – (diagnostic laparoscopy). This is normally day surgery, and recovery is swift.
Or you may be having a therapeutic procedure – operative laparoscopy. and includes procedures such as: tubal sterilisation, or a of treatment of endometriosis removal of an ovarian cyst, treatment of an ectopic pregnancy.
More complex surgery can be performed by laparoscopy and include:
removal of one or both ovaries or division of scar tissue (intermediate procedures). This can be day case, but some patients benefit from an overnight stay.
Treatment of severe endometriosis or hysterectomy (major procedures) may require more than 24 hours in hospital.