Of course, though, there’s a bit more to it than that. Dr Leila Frodsham
, consultant gynaecologist and spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
, explains the procedure in more detail. "First of all, you’ll be given a general anaesthetic, so you’ll be asleep during the operation. The surgeon will then drain your bladder with a catheter before inserting a fine needle through your belly button. They pump carbon dioxide through this to fill your abdomen, separating your tummy wall from the bowel – this makes it easier for the team to look around. One or two other small incisions will be made – usually on the bikini line and just inside the belly button – and a tiny camera will be inserted, which is used to take photos or video of the condition, as well as act as eyes for the surgeon if any removal needs to take place."