Advanced laparoscopic surgery is also known as keyhole surgery or minimally invasive surgery because the entire surgery can be done without cutting open your abdomen.
Laparoscopic surgery is performed using a laparoscope, which is a thin and long tube approximately 5-10 mm wide with a camera attached to the tip. During surgery, a laparoscope is inserted into a small incision made in your abdomen, with the camera allowing the surgeon to watch the insides of your abdomen on a screen so they can either diagnose a gynaecological condition or perform surgery.
Benefits of laparoscopic surgery
Because laparoscopic keyhole surgery avoids the need for a more invasive abdominal open surgery, it reduces scarring, the chance of infection, post-operative pain and your overall recovery time.
When laparoscopic surgery is performed for diagnosis, two incisions are made, whereas for operative laparoscopies, three or four incisions may be required. Scarring from these incisions, if any, is minimal and barely visible.
Level 5 Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
Dr Siva has a special interest in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery and is an accredited Level 5 advanced laparoscopic surgeon, one of the highest levels of complexity for laparoscopic surgery.
Dr Siva uses Level 5 advanced Laparoscopic Surgery for diagnosis and treatment of complex gynaecological conditions such as:
- Pelvic adhesions
- Endometriosis (laparoscopic excision of endometriosis)
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Ovarian cysts (laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy, laparoscopic oophorectomy)
- Heavy periods.
These Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeries are all carried out in St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital, Queensland.
Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (TLH)
Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (also known as TLH) is a surgical procedure for the removal of your uterus (womb) and sometimes also your cervix, which is the lower part of your uterus near your vagina.
Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy is the route of choice rather than abdominal abdominal hysterectomy because a Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy is associated with less pain, less blood loss and a faster recovery because your uterus is separated from the inside of the body and removed through your vagina.
Dr Siva performs Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy to treat:
- heavy periods caused by uterine fibroids
- pelvic pain due to endometriosis, unsuccessfully treated pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), adenomyosis or uterine fibroids fibroids.
- prolapse of the uterus
Most hysterectomy cases can be performed laparoscopically and Dr Siva performs Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy at the St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital, Queensland.
Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)
SILS is a special form of laparoscopy that uses a single incision in the thinnest part of the abdomen – the belly button – through which all the instruments required for the operation are placed.
The main advantages of SILS are the improved cosmetic appearance after surgery by avoiding several scars near the bikini line, a reduction in pain following surgery and the possibility of a slightly faster recovery than with traditional laparoscopic techniques.
Dr Siva performs Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) for a wide range of gynaecological procedures including:
- ovarian cystectomy – removal of ovarian cysts and fibroids
- fertility evaluation
- ectopic pregnancy surgery