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Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy

Laparoscopic Supracervical 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

       
The laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy is a minimally invasive procedure performed by making three very small incisions to remove the uterus.

Benefits of LSH

          
LSH was designed so that women experience less scarring, less pain and a shorter recovery than the traditional open abdominal surgery. It can be done on an outpatient basis, so that typically women can return home within 24 hours and resume day-to-day activities within a week, on average.

 

Comparison        Minimally Invasive LSH Traditional Hysterectomy
Pain The abdominal walls are not stretched, which causes less pain. The abdominal walls are stretched.
Hospital Stay  Performed on an outpatient basis, so women can return home within 24 hours. Requires a 3-6 day hospital stay.
Recovery Women resume day-to-day activities within a week, on average. Women resume day-to-day activities within four to six weeks, on average.
Scars Women have three small scars - one near the bellybutton, and two to the left and right of the bellybutton. All of the scars are less than 1/4 inch long. Women have a scar about 4-6 inches long.

How is the Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy performed?

        
The LSH procedure uses a thin, lighted telescope-like instrument called a laparoscope, which acts like a video camera, along with small surgical instruments that are all inserted through three tiny incisions (less than 1/4 inch each) in the navel and abdomen.


Using the instruments, the surgeon carefully separates the uterus from the cervix and removes it through one of the openings. The cervix, the bottom part of the uterus, is left intact, which helps to provide better pelvic floor support.


This is a much less invasive approach than a traditional hysterectomy. In a traditional hysterectomy, the uterus and cervix are removed through a large abdominal incision, which stretches the abdominal muscles and leaves a scar 4-6 inches long.


Patients can return to normal activities in 10 to 14 days after having a laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy.


As with all surgery, any type of hysterectomy involves risk, including potential blood loss, infection and damage to other internal organs. That's why every woman should discuss the surgery with her physician to learn all she can about the procedure.