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Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

WomanCare Clinic

Meriter WomanCare Clinic
20 S. Park Street, Suite 450
Madison, WI 53715
Telephone: (608) 417-5433 or 1-888-409-3852

UW Health - OB/GYN
20 S. Park Street, Suite 307
Madison, WI 53715
Telephone: (608) 287-2830

Definition

    
A laparoscopic hysterectomy is a surgical approach that uses laparoscopy to remove the uterus by making several half-inch abdominal incisions.

A Laparoscopic Hysterectomy may be recommended for women who have:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Pelvic pain
  • Gynecological cancers

Benefits of the Procedure

  • Small incisions
  • Short recovery time
  • Small scars
  • Small amount of blood loss
  • Short hospital stay
  • Decreases post-operative pain

What is a Laparoscopic Hysterectomy?

        
A laparoscopic hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the uterus through small abdominal incisions. The doctor may suggest a laparoscopic hysterectomy because it represents the safest and least invasive form of removing the uterus. Women who have scar tissue or endometriosis may have the diseased tissue removed with a laparoscope before having a hysterectomy performed, which will reduce the risk of the bladder being injured during surgery.


Small incisions are made in the abdomen wall. The laparoscope is inserted into the abdomen through a small incision. The laparoscope acts as a camera to provide a magnified image that is projected onto a television monitor so the doctor can have a better view of the reproductive organs.


While using the camera as a guide, the uterus is detached from the ovaries and fallopian tubes. It may not be necessary to remove the cervix. The uterus is then removed through the half-inch incisions at the abdominal wall and sometimes through the vagina. After having a laparoscopic hysterectomy, the patient’s periods will stop.

Rehabilitation

       
The patient should expect a hospital stay of up to 24 hours for a laparoscopic hysterectomy. It is normal for the patient to have minimal pain, spotting and discharge from the vagina for the first couple of days after surgery.


It will take about one to two weeks before the patient is able to resume regular activities, which is a much shorter recovery time than an abdominal hysterectomy.