Our expert says:
A Laparoscope and Hysteroscope are known as endoscopic procedures. These procedures are termed minimally invasive. In a Laparoscope a very small incision is made, usually about 1/2cm to 1cm just below the umbilical area. A very small telescope is then inserted into this incision to allow one to then assess the internal organs. The Laparoscope gives a wonderful view of the uterus, the fallopian tubes, the ovaries, areas behind the uterus, the bladder and the bowel. One can also assess for any genital tract abnormalities, which include endometriosis, fibroids and also ascertain whether there is patency of the fallopian tubes. A Hysteroscope is the introduction of a telescope through the vagina and then into the endo-cervical canal, then into the uterine cavity. It is also a procedure used to assess the lining of the uterus and whether there is any presence of polyps or fibroids. The Laparoscope, if used for diagnostic purposes will take between 15 to 20 minutes and a Hysteroscope approximately 10 minutes.
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