Gynaecology and laparoscopic surgery
What is laparoscopic surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery (also known as keyhole surgery) is a minimally invasive procedure which involves making very small incisions, which can be as small as 0.5cm. These incisions are usually located below your belly button. The surgery is performed through these incisions using tiny instruments and a miniature camera called a laparoscope. Dr Hong is an expert laparascopic surgeon and is passionate about minimally invasive procedures believing that modern approaches are the best practice for surgery and provide better outcomes for her patients.
Gynaecology services that can use laparoscopy
Laparoscopic surgery can replace open surgery in the treatment of many gynaecologic conditions, and can be used for both the diagnosis and/or treatment of diseases.
Laparoscopic surgery is commonly used to first diagnose a gynaecology condition, allowing Dr Hong to examine the interior of the abdominal or pelvic cavities. Commonly diagnosed conditions include:
- ovarian cysts
- and the assessment of pain
Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, laparoscopy can be used to undertake procedures to help treat some common gynaecology issues. Dr Hong is able to pass surgical instruments through the keyholes in the abdomen with the aid of the attached small camera. Common operations that can be treated with minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques include:
- removal of fibroids
- removal of cysts
- treatment of endometriosis
- treatment of prolapse
Benefits vs. risks
As with all surgery, it is important to assess the benefits and risks before undertaking laparoscopic surgery. Being a minimally invasive surgery, the key benefits are less surgical trauma compared to major abdominal surgery and a faster recovery time. As with all surgeries, some risks or complications may arise during or post operation, including:
- Cardiac arrhythmias
- Puncture of internal organs or the body’s main artery (aorta)
- Bleeding into the abdominal cavity
- Blood clots in the veins of the legs
- Allergic reactions to the anaesthetic
- Ascites – temporary fluid leakage from surgical wounds
- The necessity to switch from laparoscopic to open surgery in the case of unforeseen complications
- Abdominal pain
Dr Hong is highly experienced in this modern procedure, and will first discuss any concerns before surgery is arranged. She believes that healthcare should come with compassion; focussing on her patient’s wishes and goals, and helping her patients feel confident throughout the whole process.
To arrange a consultation with Dr Hong, please get in touch with our friendly staff by calling (07) 4230 0030.