Laparoscopic-Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy
Laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy uses a laparoscope, a thin viewing tube to see inside the abdomen. Certain conditions are successfully treated with this type of hysterectomy because it allows the upper abdomen to be carefully inspected during surgery. Examples of conditions appropriate for this technique include:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding not responding to other treatments
- Chronic pelvic pain caused by a uterine condition
- Small or moderate size fibroids
- Cervical or endometrial cancer
- Uterine prolapse
There is always a risk that complicating conditions may force a switch from a vaginal to abdominal hysterectomy during the surgery. This possibility will be addressed by your surgeon before the procedure.
Although recovery is often faster after a vaginal hysterectomy than after an abdominal one, it still takes time. Even patients who are feeling back to normal should not do any heavy lifting or very vigorous activity for about six weeks after surgery.
Be Informed – Talk to Us About Your Care
For many uterine and related conditions, hysterectomy may be just one of several treatment options. Hysterectomy is usually only considered when medications and less invasive gynecologic procedures have failed. The gynecology care team at Virginia Mason specializes in recognizing the unique needs of individual patients, assuring every woman the safest, most appropriate treatment available for her specific condition.
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.