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What is a laparoscopy and dye test?

A laparoscopy and dye test is a procedure which helps to find out if there are any reasons why you are struggling to become pregnant. Some minor laparoscopic treatments can be completed at the same time.

What are the benefits of surgery?

The dye test will determine whether your fallopian tubes are blocked and may raise other conditions which are associated with infertility. Laparoscopy can help to find out if you have one of the following conditions:
  • pelvic infection
  • endometriosis
  • ovarian cysts
  • fibroids
  • adhesions

Are there any alternatives to laparoscopic surgery?

Other scans such as an x-ray called a hysterosalpingogram or an ultrasound test (HyCoSy) can show if your fallopian tubes are blocked.

What does a laparoscopy and dye test involve?

A laparoscopy and dye test will usually be performed under general anaesthetic and takes around fifteen minutes.

A small incision is made near your belly button. The laparoscope is then inserted through this incision. Your consultant will pump carbon dioxide gas into your tummy to open it up and see your organs more clearly. The laparoscope has a camera on the end which will clearly show your consultant the inside of your tummy and pelvic area. If you are having a diagnostic laparoscopy, your consultant should be able to identify the cause of your problems from these images.

A dye will be injected, which passes through the cervix, uterine cavity and down your fallopian tubes to check whether they are blocked.
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Length of procedure:
Around 15 Minutes
General or twilight anaesthetic
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What are the risks of this operation?

General complications of any surgery:

  • Pain
  • Sickness
  • Infection in the surgical wound
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Unsightly scarring

Specific complications of this procedure:

  • Surgical emphysema
  • Hernias near the surgical incisions
  • Failed procedure
  • Inability to determine what the problem is
  • Infection of pelvic organs or bladder
  • Damage to internal organs

How long will I take to recover?

You should be able to go home on the same day as your procedure.

Your specialist will tell you the results of the laparoscopy and dye test and discuss whether any further treatment or follow-ups are required.

Following surgery you should rest for one to two days.

Your specialist will give you instructions with regards to exercise and returning to normal activities.

Laparoscopy and dye test - Specialists

Mr Yousri Affifi

Mr Yousri Affifi

Consultant Gynaecologist

Mr Y. Afifi has over 25 years of experience in specialised laparoscopic and reproductive surgeries.

He is the director of the Birmingham Endometriosis Centre and lead consultant of the reproductive surgery unit in Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

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Mrs Ruchira Singh

Mrs Ruchira Singh

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Ruchira is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with her NHS practice based at Birmingham Women's Hospital in Edgbaston. She is the Clinical Director of Gynaecology at her NHS Trust.

Ruchira is a reviewer for European Journal of Obstetrics and gynaecology. She is also a Senior clinical examiner and Honorary lecturer for University of Birmingham.

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