Also known as diagnostic laparoscopy, is a surgical, diagnostic procedure used to examine the organs inside the abdomen. It’s a low-risk, minimally invasive procedure that requires only small incisions.

Laparoscopy uses an instrument called a laparoscope to look at the abdominal organs. A laparoscope is a long, thin tube with a high-intensity light and a high-resolution camera at the front. The instrument is inserted through an incision in the abdominal wall. As it moves along, the camera sends images to a video monitor.

Laparoscopy allows us to see inside your body in real-time, without open surgery. We can also obtain biopsy samples during this procedure.


Some patients who have been trying to conceive unsuccessfully for many months will benefit greatly from a laparoscopy, curette and tubal flushing. These are all performed at the same operation. Any endometriosis is removed and any adhesions distorting the normal anatomy of the pelvis are divided. Small fibroids can be removed as can ovarian cysts. The tubal flushing procedure can be performed with dye or Iodised poppy seed oil depending on the patient’s individual circumstances. At hysteroscopy, a camera is inserted into the uterus and a sample of the lining is taken for histology. Any polyps or fibroids in the uterine cavity can be removed and again any adhesions divided. A tight cervix can be dilated which can alleviate period pain and will assist greatly in the transfer of any embryos if a future IVF cycle is required.