Hysterectomy is the most common operative procedure performed in non-pregnant women.
Hysterectomy can be performed to treat various gynecological conditions, including heavy or irregular menstruation, fibroids, and suspected or proven cancer of the uterus or cervix.
The selection of surgical treatment normally depends on the extent and nature of patients’ health condition as well as their personal factors. Some patients may also have been prescribed for the alternative treatment like drug treatments, coils or minor surgery.
In a total hysterectomy (TH) whole uterus (womb) along with the cervix (neck of the womb) is removed surgically.
In a sub-total hysterectomy (STH) only the upper part of the womb without the cervix is removed surgically.
Earlier, Laparoscopy was usually done to assist vaginal hysterectomy also known as Laparoscopic Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy (LAVH). It helps in improving the visualization of the upper pelvis and thereby allows complicated surgeries to be performed easily.
Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (LSH) is also known as keyhole surgery usually performed to remove the uterus (womb) through 4 small incisions on the abdomen below the belly button. In some cases the ovaries and fallopian tubes are also removed at the same time, this procedure is called as a salpingo-oophorectomy. The laparoscopic hysterectomy has shown advantages of significantly shorter time of procedure and hospital stay along with lesser complications compared to LAVH or total hysterectomy (TH). A total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (TLH) is almost similar procedure like LSH with an additional use of a colpotomizer to allow the vaginal incision.
Various Steps involved in Laparoscopic Hysterectomy:
Recovery time after surgery:
Once a laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery is performed successfully, a majority of patients stay in the hospital, for approximately 2-3 days, but in some cases, they may stay even longer. The exact time of stay depends on the cause of surgery, patient’s general health, and post-surgical conditions. Overall recovery may take 6 to 8 weeks and get back to normal routine.
Do and don’t after discharge from hospital:
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