Laparoscopic surgery allows the surgeon to operate while viewing organs through a laparoscope, a slender viewing instrument that is placed through the belly button. The surgery is performed through two or three small abdominal incisions with long, slender surgical instruments. The uterus is then removed through an incision in the vagina.
Laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy allows your surgeon a precise view of your pelvic organs, and that allows a complete evaluation of the ovaries, appendix, and other pelvic structures without a large incision.
When is a laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy recommended?
Most hysterectomies for benign conditions can be performed using laparoscopic techniques when vaginal removal of the uterus is not possible.
What is the usual time frame for laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy?
Laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy is usually a one to two-hour procedure done while you are under general anesthesia. After the surgery, you can expect to spend one night in the hospital so that your surgeon can monitor your initial recovery. In most cases, you can expect to return to normal activities within two to three weeks.
What are the benefits to laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy when compared to traditional abdominal hysterectomy?
- Less pain
- Less scarring
- Less blood loss
- Shorter time in the hospital
- Less risk of infection
- Faster return to normal life activity