If you are experiencing fibroids or abnormal uterine bleeding, you may be a candidate for a laparoscopic hysterectomy. There are benefits to choosing this procedure over traditional methods that could help the patient recover faster.
What Is a Laparoscopic Hysterectomy?
A laparoscopic hysterectomy starts with a small incision in the belly button. A camera is inserted to allow the surgeon to observe the patient internally during the procedure. Two or three other incisions are made along the lower abdomen. These are small but necessary to allow instruments to be inserted to remove the uterus. Some patients will also have the ovaries and cervix removed.
Benefits of Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
Traditional hysterectomies require a three to six-inch incision, which means more blood loss and additional healing afterward. The patient will usually need four to six weeks to recover. A laparoscopic hysterectomy requires a few small incisions. It can be done as an outpatient procedure and only takes one to two weeks for recovery. There is also less blood loss and a lower risk of infection.
Preparing for a Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
All patients should talk to their gynecologist before making any decision about their medical care. Your doctor will check for medical conditions that could cause complications during surgery and make the best recommendation for your situation.
A pre-op appointment will be scheduled that will include a physical exam, blood test, and a consultation with the anesthesiologist. Contact your gynecologist to learn more about the benefits and risks of a laparoscopic hysterectomy.