Laparoscopy in Kent

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What is Laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy, also known as keyhole surgery, is a minimally invasive surgical technique for examining the abdomen and pelvis. Unlike traditional surgery that requires large incisions, laparoscopy uses just a few small cuts. This offers several advantages including faster recovery times and less pain.

The key instrument in a laparoscopy is a laparoscope, a thin, lighted tube with a high-resolution camera at its tip. During the procedure, the surgeon makes a small incision, typically near the belly button, and inserts the laparoscope. Carbon dioxide gas is then inflated into the abdomen to create space and improve visibility. The camera transmits images of the internal organs to a video monitor, allowing the surgeon to see everything clearly.

Laparoscopy has two main applications: diagnosis and treatment. For diagnostic purposes, it’s used when imaging tests like X-rays or CT scans aren’t conclusive. By directly viewing the organs, doctors can identify problems like endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, or abnormal tissue growth. Laparoscopy can also be used to take tissue samples (biopsy) for further analysis.

When used for treatment, laparoscopy offers a wide range of possibilities. Surgeons can perform various procedures through the small incisions using specialised surgical tools inserted alongside the laparoscope, including gynaecological conditions like ovarian cysts or fibroids.


How Do I Book My Appointment?

Call the Spire Alexandra Hospital on 01634 687166 and book an appointment in Dr Penman’s outpatient clinic, you can also book your appointment online, following the link below.

You do not need a referral for your GP unless you are using your private medical insurance. Dr Penman has outpatient clinics on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.  He will assess your symptoms and discuss the best treatment and following this, assuming the NovaSure is the best form of treatment, he will then book you in for the procedure, and you can be symptom-free within weeks.


Laparoscopy Costs

  • Diagnostic – Q390
    This procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic where a fine camera is inserted through the abdominal wall to look at the pelvic contents and used to diagnose pain for example – £2,900
  • Treatment – Q3800
    This procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic and during the laparoscopy, treatment for conditions such as adhsions or endometriosis can be treated – £3,900
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