What do I need to know about this procedure?

A laparoscopy procedure is where a tube is put into the abdomen and instruments passed down the tube to examine the inside of the abdomen and pelvis using a camera and video monitor.

Sometimes, bands of fibrous tissue grow around the bowel or other organs. If so, the doctor may need to cut these. The doctor may also need to operate on the pelvic organs.


This procedure will require an anaesthetic.

What are the risks of this specific procedure?

There are risks and complications with this procedure.
They include but are not limited to the following:

General risks:

  • Bleeding could occur and may require a return to the operating room. Bleeding is more common if you have been taking blood thinning drugs such as Warfarin, Asprin, Clopidogrel (Plavix or Iscover) or Dipyridamole (Persantin or Asasantin).
  • Small areas of the lung can collapse, increasing the risk of chest infection. This may need antibiotics and physiotherapy.
  • Increased risk in obese people of wound infection, chest infection, heart and lung complications, and thrombosis.
  • Heart attack or stroke could occur due to the strain on the heart.
  • Blood clot in the leg (DVT) causing pain and swelling. In rare cases, part of the clot may break off and go to the lungs.
  • Death as a result of this procedure is possible.

Specific risks:

  • Deep bleeding inside the abdomen. This may need fluid replacement, blood transfusion or further surgery. This may mean a longer than expected stay in hospital and longer recovery time.
  • Damage to other organs, such as bladder or bowel, which may need further surgery. This may mean a longer than expected stay in hospital and longer recovery time.
  • Rarely the gas, which is passed into the abdomen, can cause heart and chest complications.
  • Adhesions (bands of scar tissue) may form and cause a bowel obstruction. This can be a short term or a long term complication and may need further surgery.
  • In some people, healing of the wound may be abnormal and the wound may be abnormal and the wound can be thickened and red and the scar may be painful.
  • A weakness in the wound with the development of a hernia (rupture). This may need further surgery.
  • Increased risk in smokers of wound and chest infections, heart and lung complications and thrombosis.
  • Very low possibility of a fistula (a connecting passage between one area and another) developing.
  • There is a possibility that the symptom(s)/pain you have been experiencing and the reason for this operation, may not resolve or worsen as a complication of the procedure.
  • The cause of pain/other symptoms sometimes cannot be found, if you are having an exploratory operation