Diagnostic laparoscopy

As laparoscopy provides such a good view of the pelvis and abdomen, it is an ideal tool for the diagnosis of suspected pathology. Common indications for diagnostic laparoscopy in gynaecology include the investigation of pelvic pain, endometriosis and infertility. In cases of subfertility, diagnostic laparoscopy is often combined with hysteroscopy to check the uterine cavity, and hydrotubation to check for tubal patency. If a problem is found, such as adhesions or endometriosis, then in many cases it can be treated laparoscopically at the same time to avoid the need for another operation.

Diagnostic laparoscopy is usually done under general anaesthesia as a day case procedure.