A Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to examine the inside of the body. The technique is used to diagnosis and monitor different types of cancers. During a laparoscopy patients are put on general anaesthetic so that they do not feel any pain. A small cut is made to the abdomen (stomach) so that the laparoscope can be inserted. The laparoscope is a small tube with a light source – which is used to examine the inside of the abdomen. This procedure is preferable to traditional surgery as only a small incision is made to the skin.
During an endoscopy a sample of tissue may be taken from the organs – this is called a biopsy. This sample is used for further diagnostic analysis by the Haematology Department.