Laparoscopy Melbourne

Dr Hugo Fernandes

A minimally invasive surgical solution for the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of conditions.
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Does the word ‘surgery’ send you into a panic? It’s natural to be anxious when it comes to operations and other procedures, but when it comes to an advanced laparoscopic surgery, there shouldn’t be anything to fear. This minimally invasive keyhole surgery is a surgical procedure that inspects and operates on your abdominal and pelvic organs. Unlike some other diagnostic procedures, advanced laparoscopic surgery can address pelvic pain and other internal organs with just one small incision.

Don’t be afraid of gynaecological procedures – we can perform surgery and diagnose many gynaecological problems with extremely small incisions.

What is a Laparoscopy?

The term ‘laparoscopy’ refers to minimally invasive surgical procedures that allow highly skilled surgeons to diagnose and treat certain health conditions. This includes problems within the uterus, fallopian tubes, and other organs in the pelvic area. Ovarian cysts, blood clots, and pelvic organ prolapse are all issues that may be examined and addressed through laparoscopic surgery.

How does it work, exactly? Laparoscopies are relatively straightforward. A laparoscope, which is a thin fibre optic instrument built like a slender tube, is inserted into the patient’s abdomen. The cut made to allow for this insertion is extremely small, usually about 5-10mm in length. The laparoscope is fitted with a video camera and light source, allowing your surgeon to gain a better visualisation of your body through a video monitor. Photographs can also be taken in this process, and other surgical instruments can be inserted through that same small incision to perform a full surgical procedure.

A gynaecologist can often perform laparoscopic surgery as a day procedure, typically using general anaesthesia. In more serious cases where more extensive surgery is required, overnight stays at the hospital may be necessary.

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When is Laparoscopy Performed?

Often, laparoscopy is used to diagnose concerns within the lower abdomen. This procedure can examine potential internal problems within the body that other scans and other diagnostic procedures won’t be able to appropriately diagnose. Examples of health problems that can be diagnosed through laparoscopic surgery include:

  • Infertility
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Period problems

Laparoscopic surgeries aren’t only diagnostic procedures, however. This surgery can be operative, where a surgeon uses the same tiny incision to treat or remove a variety of other growths and conditions. The structure of the procedure will be the same, with a patient going under general anaesthetic for a minimally invasive operation, though the surgery will be built to provide treatment solutions. These conditions can include:

  • Ovarian cysts
  • Tubal ectopic pregnancy
  • Fibroids Removal
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterus removal (hysterectomy)
  • Sterilisation procedures
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Benefits of Laparoscopy

Ultimately, the biggest advantage of laparoscopy is that it can replace open surgery, for which a significantly larger cut is made in the abdomen. This keyhole surgery alternative aims to provide diagnoses and surgical removal options that won’t demand extensive recovery and come with lower risks within the operation itself. Here are just a few of the benefits that have made so many patients opt for laparoscopic surgery:

  • Reduced pain post-surgery
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Lower risk of bleeding
  • Minimised scarring
  • Same-day discharge
  • Faster recovery, allowing you to get back to regular work and life as quickly as possible

Potential Risks and Side Effects

Undergoing laparoscopy is extremely common. These surgeries are performed routinely throughout Melbourne, but no matter how popular and safe the operation is, there are always going to be risks involved. All surgeries, even the most minor and noninvasive, are going to have risks associated. 

Less than 1 in 100 laparoscopies have complications of any severity, while major complications are even rare. Still, it is important to be informed about all the complications that could come with your surgery. This includes bleeding, infection, blood clots, and pain. Some other side effects are:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Hernia at incision sites
  • Damage to internal organs such as major blood vessels, ovaries, bladder, ureters, and bowel
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Why Choose Dr. Hugo?

20 Years Experience

Don’t settle for anything less than the highest quality care available. With two decades of experience in this industry, you can trust that Dr Hugo Fernandes will be able to offer the right services to suit your health needs.

Compassionate Care

This is the Dr Hugo difference. With a dedication to delivering patient and honest care to every single client, you can trust in the integrity of Dr Hugo’s tailored treatment solutions.


For twenty years, Dr Hugo has been advocating for women’s health and providing essential care to everyone who needs support. When you visit his fertility clinic in Melbourne, you will be heard and given a voice within your own treatment plan.

Your Laparoscopy Questions Answered

Is laparoscopy covered by Medicare?

Medicare can cover the cost of certain noninvasive surgeries, but the amount received can depend on the specifics of your circumstances. Often, you will need a referral from a GP or doctor to apply for Medicare coverage.

How long does a laparoscopy take?

Many laparoscopic surgeries are single-day procedures. However, for more extensive operations, one or two nights may be required in the hospital.

What is the recovery time after laparoscopy?

One of the biggest benefits of laparoscopy surgery is the speedy recovery time. Though specific times are different from case to case, most patients are able to return to work and regular activities within a few days to a week. Bandages can usually be removed the following day, but strenuous physical activity should be avoided for around a week.

Is a laparoscopy painful?

Laparoscopy is performed under general anaesthetic, ensuring that you won’t feel any pain during the surgery itself. Unlike more invasive surgeries, there is significantly less associated pain post-operation.

How many cuts are needed for a laparoscopy?

Often, just one 5-10mm cut is needed for a laparoscopy, though more may be required at times. 

Book an Appointment With Dr Hugo

You don’t have to be afraid of any procedure when it comes to laparoscopic surgery. When you work with a gynaecologist who listens to your preferences and addresses your specific health needs, your diagnosis and treatments may be more in reach than you think. Call now to speak with a friendly team member, or go ahead and book your very first appointment to discuss your health needs further.

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