A laparoscopy is an examination of the organs within the pelvis or abdomen using a flexible, tube-like telescope called a laparoscope. It is called a "keyhole" procedure because it involves only small incisions (cuts).
Laparoscopy is used to help find out what is causing problems such as gynaecological symptoms. It can be used to treat certain conditions, including ovarian cysts and endometriosis, using specially designed surgical instruments. The procedure can last from 30 minutes to over an hour, depending on what your surgeon needs to do inside the abdomen. It is normally carried out as a day case, requiring no overnight stay in hospital.
A laparoscopy is performed under general anaesthetic. This means you will be asleep and will feel no pain throughout the procedure.