Removal of the uterus is performed for different reasons, including the treatment of uterine and cervical cancer. Advantia OB-GYN Shady Grove is a leading provider of state-of-the-art hysterectomy procedures for women, using advanced techniques for faster recovery and fewer risks.
What is a laparoscopic hysterectomy?
A laparoscopic hysterectomy uses a minimally invasive approach to remove the uterus, avoiding the larger incision used in traditional hysterectomy procedures. The technique relies on the use of a special instrument called a laparoscope which uses a very small camera to see inside the body and send images back to a monitor for viewing. Other special instruments are used to remove the uterus; then the incisions are closed. Some types of minimally invasive hysterectomies can be performed through the vagina without making any external incision. Minimally invasive techniques like laparoscopy are associated with a faster recovery, less bleeding and less discomfort, as well as a lower risk of infections.
When is a hysterectomy performed?
Hysterectomies may be performed for many reasons, including:
- Extremely heavy menstrual bleeding
- Uterine or cervical cancer
- Large and symptomatic uterine fibroids
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Uterine prolapse, a condition in which the ligaments holding the uterus weaken, allowing the uterus to descend into the vagina
- Endometriosis, a painful condition that occurs when the uterine lining tissue grows outside the uterus
How can I tell if a minimally invasive hysterectomy is right for me?
That determination will be made during the examination, based on the results of the exam, the reason for the hysterectomy, and other factors. Laparoscopic hysterectomies are great options for many women, but they are not always the ideal choice.
Does a hysterectomy remove the ovaries as well?
Not necessarily, but when they do need to be removed, a procedure called oophorectomy can be performed at the same time as the hysterectomy.
How will I feel following my hysterectomy?
Hysterectomy is performed on an in-patient basis with a one-day or two-day hospital stay. Most women experience some discomfort which will vary based on the technique used. Sanitary napkins (pads) will need to be worn to control bleeding for about a week or 10 days (no tampons can be worn) and sex and strenuous activity including lifting will need to be avoided for about six weeks.