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Published: 22/10/2015

This information will help you recover after a laparoscopy (keyhole surgery). You may be having, or have had, a laparoscopy:

  • To help your gynaecologist make a diagnosis by looking inside your pelvis – this is known as a diagnostic laparoscopy
  • As a treatment – this is known as an operative laparoscopy and includes procedures such as:
    • Sterilisation or a small amount of treatment of endometriosis (simple procedures)
    • Removal of an ovarian cyst, treatment of an ectopic pregnancy, removal of one or both ovaries or division of scar tissue (intermediate procedures)
    • Treatment of severe endometriosis or hysterectomy (major procedures); if you are having a hysterectomy, you may find helpful information in Recovering Well: Information for you after a laparoscopic hysterectomy

Your choices will depend on your personal circumstances and will be discussed with you by your gynaecologist before your operation. You should read this information along with any other information you have been given about your choices and the operation itself. You may also find the video useful which discusses the procedure and recovery.

To view subtitles please click the ‘CC’ button at the bottom of the video.

Download the leaflet

Download a printable version of the ‘recovering from a laparoscopy’ leaflet

Watch the video in BSL

Watch the ‘recovering from a laparoscopy’ video in British Sign Language (BSL)

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