Laparoscopic Surgery

Mr Thomas Ind is experienced in laparoscopic surgery, and can perform many gynaecological investigations and operations as keyhole procedures.

Many gynaecological operations that used to require open surgery can now be performed using keyhole techniques. Minimally invasive surgery offers patients a number of benefits, leaving smaller scars and being associated with better results and a quicker recovery.

A tiny digital camera is inserted through a small cut in the abdomen. It relays high-quality images to a computer screen, so that your womb, ovaries and other organs can be examined in detail. The surgeon can operate on the area using specially-designed instruments.

Mr Thomas Ind is an experienced gynaecological surgeon, with expertise in minimally invasive surgery. He has been an officer and council member for the British Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy, which works to improve standards and promote training in minimal access surgery techniques for women with gynaecological problems.

Thomas Ind leads an expert multidisciplinary team, together they will educate you about your procedure, perform your laparoscopic surgery and support your safe recovery.

What happens in laparoscopic surgery?

Laparosopic surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, so that you will be asleep during the procedure and won’t feel any pain. A small cut is made near the tummy button, and the laparoscope, which is a narrow tube attached to a camera, is inserted. This sends live images to a computer screen so that the whole area can be closely inspected.

Further small incisions of 5-10mm may also be made, so that delicate surgical instruments can be inserted and gas can be pumped into the abdomen, this makes it easier for the surgeon to visualize all the structures and operate effectively.

When the procedure has been completed the cuts are stitched closed and a small dressing is applied.

What can be treated through the laparoscope?

Laparoscopy can be used to investigate and treat a number of gynaecological problems. It is useful for the investigation of fertility issues, the diagnosis of cysts and potential cancers and to discover the cause of pelvic pain.

Experienced minimally-invasive surgeons like Mr Thomas Ind can also operate to remove ovarian cysts, excise fibroids, treat endometriosis and perform a hysterectomy through the laparoscope.

Is laparoscopy safe?

Laparoscopic surgery is very safe in expert hands. Thomas Ind is a skilled minimally-invasive surgeon. He works in a clinic with state-of-the-art equipment, supported by an experienced team.

There are lower complication rates for laparoscopic operations compared with the equivalent open procedures. There are also fewer post-operative problems including decreased danger of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms.

Advantages of laparoscopic surgery

The surgeon has a better view using the laparoscope. Images are magnified by up to seven times, so that it’s possible to see things that the naked eye would miss; tiny structures, nerves and vessels can be identified clearly and easily. The delicate instruments enable more precise dissection, so that surgery can be more accurate and there can be fewer problems both during the operation and during recovery.

Scientific research confirms that women recover more quickly following laparoscopic surgery. They are discharged from hospital sooner and are back on their feet and getting on with normal work and life within a shorter time.

Pain and recovery

Laparoscopic surgery isn’t pain free. You are having surgery and that will have an impact, however the pain following a laparoscopic procedure is significantly decreased compared to an open operation.

The gas introduced into the abdomen during the procedure can cause some bloating and discomfort and you may experience a sharp stabbing ache in the shoulder. This is referred pain due to the gas, and will settle over the first day post-operatively.

There is, however, a decreased risk of bleeding and infection, so that you should bounce back to fitness more quickly.

The time it will take you to recover from the procedure will depend on the surgery performed and your own health and wellbeing. If you’ve had a laparoscopy to investigate pain or problems, you’ll probably be back to work and normal activities in around five days. Recovery from a more extensive operation to remove a fibroid, cyst or your womb and ovaries will take longer, and can be as long as three months for some women. Mr Ind will take time to explain the procedure in your case, so that you will fully understand the implications for your health, your work and your family life.

Scars after laparoscopy

The scars left following laparoscopic surgery are significantly smaller and shorter than for open operations. As they heal, they usually fade to fine lines that are barely noticeable.

To arrange a consultation with Mr Ind or to discuss your options, please contact us.