Understanding Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
Having your uterus (womb) removed is called a hysterectomy. Using a technique called laparoscopy has many benefits. You may spend less time in the hospital and recover faster.
What is hysterectomy?
Hysterectomy removes the uterus. Part or all of the uterus may be taken out. Certain other organs may be removed at the same time. Having your uterus removed means that you won’t be able to get pregnant in the future.
What is laparoscopy?
Laparoscopy is a type of surgery. A long, lighted tube with a camera is used. This is called a laparoscope. The scope sends pictures of the inside of the body to a video screen. For the surgery, a few small incisions are made in the abdomen. The scope is inserted through one of the small incisions. Surgical tools are inserted through the other incisions to complete the procedure.
Benefits of laparoscopy
This procedure lets you avoid open surgery. Open surgery requires a larger incision in the abdomen. Compared to open surgery laparoscopy may:
Require less time in the hospital or surgery center
Offer a faster recovery
Cause less internal scarring and smaller visible scars
Cause less pain after surgery
Have a lower risk of complications
Risks and possible complications of laparoscopic hysterectomy
Side effects from anesthesia
Bleeding, with a possible need for a transfusion
Damage to the bladder, bowel, ureters, or nearby nerves
Formation of scar tissue that can cause pain or bowel obstruction often times years later
Need for a second surgery