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It depends on the type of procedure you are having. If you’re having a laparoscopy to investigate symptoms, it can be a relatively minor procedure. But if you’re having more complex surgery, like a hysterectomy, it can still be a major procedure. Your doctor will explain what to expect from the procedure and your recovery.
A simple gynaecological laparoscopy to look inside your pelvis may take as little as half an hour. If your doctor needs to treat a condition, it can take much longer. For more information, see our section on Gynaecological laparoscopy procedure.
You may have some bleeding from your vagina, like a period, for a few days after a gynaecological laparoscopy. You can use sanitary pads until the bleeding stops. If you have bleeding that continues or gets worse, seek medical advice. For more information see Side-effects of gynaecological laparoscopy.
A gynaecological laparoscopy can help with diagnosing several conditions. These include endometriosis, ovarian cysts, fertility problems and cancer. Sometimes, a laparoscopy may not show up any reasons for your symptoms. Your doctor may then suggest further tests or treatment. See our About section for more information.
A gynaecological laparoscopy is usually done under general anaesthesia, which means you’ll be asleep during the procedure and won’t feel anything. You might have some pain and discomfort for a few days afterwards. You can take painkillers to manage this if you need to. See our Recovery section for more information.
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