Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Procedure
A laparoscopic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove the uterus. A laparoscopic hysterectomy requires only a few small incisions, compared to a traditional abdominal hysterectomy which is done through a 3-6 inch incision. As a result, there is less blood loss, less scarring and less post-operative pain. A laparoscopic hysterectomy is usually done as an outpatient procedure while an abdominal hysterectomy usually requires a 2-3 day hospital stay. The recovery period for this laparoscopic procedure is 1-2 weeks, compared to 4-6 weeks after an abdominal hysterectomy.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Surgery?
Most patients who are having a hysterectomy to treat abnormal various uterine disorders, including pelvic pressure and pain, fibroids, endometriosis and many others, can have a laparoscopic hysterectomy. There are, however, situations when this minimally invasive procedure is not possible and your OB/GYN surgeon has to opt for a traditional hysterectomy. For example, if the uterus is bigger than a 4 month pregnancy or if the patient had had multiple previous operations in her lower abdomen. It is usually not recommended when cancer is suspected.
Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Procedure
A small incision is made in the belly button and a tiny camera is inserted. The surgeon watches the image from this camera on a TV screen and performs the operative procedure. Two or three other tiny incisions are made in the lower abdomen. Specialized instruments are inserted and used for the removal process.
Women can choose to either keep the cervix in place (called a “laparoscopic supra-cervical hysterectomy”) or remove the entire uterus and cervix (“total laparoscopic hysterectomy”).
Concerns Regarding Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
There are some limitations and concerns regarding using the laparoscopic method. Since it is best to be informed and know about hysterectomy complications and risks before your procedure.
- As with any surgery, this procedure can produce laparoscopic hysterectomy scars, although these are much smaller and better hidden than in abdominal surgery.
- The skill level of the surgeon is an important factor to be considered. While laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy debuted in the 1990s, the laparoscopic hysterectomy procedure is much newer; the first cases were performed in 2005. Experienced surgeons have performed 25 to 50 laparoscopic procedures.
Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Benefits
Reducing your recovery time is the biggest benefit of laparoscopic or robotic hysterectomy. Small incisions and a two-week recovery time can’t be matched when you compare laparoscopic vs. abdominal hysterectomy.
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Gynecologists Dr. James Gohar (OBGYN Doctor), Dr Nithya Gopal and Maris Huffman, NP
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