In a laparoscopic hysterectomy, the uterus is detached using instruments placed through small abdominal incisions. A thin laparoscopic camera provides a magnified view of the inside of the body. Other specialized tools are used to detach and remove the uterus.
The uterus is removed from the body either intact, or in pieces, depending on the size of the uterus. A normal-sized uterus can be removed from the vagina. A larger uterus is placed inside a special retrieval bag, divided into small pieces which are then removed either vaginally or through a two-inch incision in the abdominal wall.
A laparoscopic hysterectomy requires only a few small incisions, compared to the large incision of a traditional open hysterectomy. Other advantages of a laparoscopic hysterectomy include:
- Less blood loss during surgery
- Minimal scarring and less post-operative pain
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster recovery and return to daily activities
Who can have a laparoscopic hysterectomy?
Most women getting treatment for abnormal uterine bleeding, fibroid tumors and other non-malignant conditions can have a laparoscopic hysterectomy.
This approach may not be possible in some women with the following conditions:
- Has undergone past abdominal surgeries
- Is very overweight
- Has a uterus that is too large
- Has other health conditions for which a surgery is not safe
Other Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Procedures:
If you would like to learn more about your hysterectomy options or would like to discuss your care with a specialist from our team, call (206) 223-6191.