A hysterectomy, or complete removal of the uterus, may be required for serious gynecological issues that don’t respond to more conservative treatments. This procedure can be done either as open surgery or as a minimally-invasive procedure known as a laparoscopic hysterectomy.
Conditions That May Require a Hysterectomy
Our doctor may recommend a hysterectomy for various conditions that impact your health and quality of life. These include but are not limited to uterine fibroids; ovarian, cervical, or uterine cancer; uterine prolapse; endometriosis; chronic pelvic pain; abnormal vaginal bleeding; and thickening of the uterine tissue. Unless cancer is present, a hysterectomy is usually not recommended unless all other treatment options have been exhausted without success.
The hysterectomy may involve total or partial removal of the uterus. Sometimes, the cervix and/or ovaries are also removed. Whether the procedure is done using a traditional or laparoscopic technique depends on factors such as your overall health, the reason for the hysterectomy, and the recommendations of the surgeon.
With a laparoscopic procedure, the doctor inserts a tube with a lighted camera into the abdomen or vagina. Surgical tools are inserted through the tube while the doctor visualizes the procedure on a screen. In some cases, robotic surgical tools are used, which gives the surgeon much more precise control.
Benefits of Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
While a traditional hysterectomy requires a hospital stay of several days and a longer recovery time, a laparoscopic procedure allows for shorter recovery times, reduced discomfort, and less scar tissue. Complications are less common with a laparoscopic procedure.
A laparoscopic hysterectomy may be an option for women who are at a healthy weight and in overall good health. Our doctor will also evaluate whether scar tissue is present from previous surgeries.
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