What is laparoscopic surgery?
Robotic surgery has revolutionised complex gynaecological operations by providing more efficient ergonomics to surgeons.
Many gynaecological operations that used to require open surgery can now be performed using laparoscopic (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.
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 can also operate to remove ovarian cysts, excise fibroids, treat endometriosis and even perform a hysterectomy through the laparoscope.
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.