Last reviewed 01/2018

Laparoscopy is a method of direct visualization, investigation and treatment of the abdominal organs. Generally, a fibreoptic system is inserted through a small hole in the abdominal wall. It may be performed under general or local anaesthesia.

It is a useful procedure for indications such as:

  • abdominal pain of unknown origin
  • hepatobiliary disease
  • appendicitis
  • peptic ulceration
  • bowel resection
  • herniorrhaphy
  • hysterectomy