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Michael is a leading specialist in the field of Minimal Access Surgery.

Minimal Access Gynaecological surgery involves both Laparoscopic and Hysteroscopic procedures.

Minimal Access surgery has the advantage of more precise surgery, less post-operative discomfort, less time in Hospital and an earlier return to work.

Laparoscopic Surgery | Hysteroscopic Surgery | Theatre Set Up


Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery involves inserting a telescope through the tummy button (umbilicus) and is used to:

A Laparoscopy involves: 

  • General anaesthetic (being put to sleep) 
  • A telescope is inserted through the tummy button (umbilicus)
  • A photo is taken of the pelvis
  • Removal of conditions (if necessary ) is carried out via small incisions

Laparoscopic surgery takes on average 1 to 2 hours.  When you wake after surgery you have a small dressing over your incisions.  Most women require 1-2 nights in hospital and on your return home you are able to walk, lift, and drive a car within 4-5 days.  Normally patients return to work in 10-14 days.


Hysteroscopic Surgery

Hysteroscopic surgery involves inserting a telescope into the uterus. It  enables more precise diagnosis and treatment of women with irregular vaginal bleeding and may be recommended to diagnose and treat the following:

  • Endometrial polyps (over growth of the lining of the uterus)
  • Submucous fibroids (small lumps of muscle)
  • Abnormal endometrial thickening

A Hysteroscopy involves a general anaesthetic and lasts approximately 20 minutes. You will need someone to drive you to and from Hospital and are generally in Hospital for no more than two hours.  Most women take the next day off work and can expect a blood stained discharge for up to one week.

The risks related to this surgery are low and complications uncommon.

To view some before and after images of Hysteroscopy procedures - click here.

Endometrial Resection is a Hysteroscopic procedure that is used as an alternative to Hysterectomy to treat women with heavy periods (menorrhagia).


Theatre Set Up

Below are some images of a typical theatre set up for a number of the procedures Mark and his team carry out on a regular basis.


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