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What is a Laparoscopic Hysterectomy?

A Laparoscopic Hysterectomy is a major surgical procedure in which there is a possible removal of the cervix, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. The surgery is a minimally invasive procedure to remove the uterus where small incisions are made in the belly button, and two to three other small incisions are made in the lower abdomen. A small camera is then inserted in the belly button, which the surgeon uses to see and help them perform the operative procedure.  Conta t our Obgyn in Lake Success today.

There are two types of surgical procedures:

  1. Laparoscopic SupraCervical hysterectomy is the procedure where the cervix is kept in place.
  2. Total Laparoscopic hysterectomy – Which is the removal of the entire uterus and cervix

Keeping the cervix in place makes the operation both faster and safer; however, if a patient has a history of precancerous changes of the cervix or uterine lining, an Obgyn in Lake Success may advise having the entire uterus removed.

Suppose the Laparoscopic hysterectomy surgical procedure is being done for endometriosis or pelvic pain. In that case, an Obgyn in Lake Success may suggest that the chances for pain reduction are better if the cervix is removed entirely. Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue normally lined in the uterus grows outside the uterus, resulting in pain and menstrual irregularities.

When should Laparoscopic Hysterectomy be considered?

There are several indications for when to consider this surgical procedure that includes:

  1. Uterine Fibroids – Non-Cancerous growths in the uterus can develop during a woman’s childbearing years.
  2. Endometriosis
  3. Uterine prolapse – The uterus descends into the vagina
  4. Cancer of the uterus, cervix, or ovaries
  5. Vaginal bleeding
  6. Chronic pelvic pain

Tests typically conducted before surgical procedures:

Tests are typically conducted before the laparoscopic hysterectomy, administered by an Obgyn in Lake Success by Women for Women Obgyn professional doctors.

These tests include:

  1. A pelvic ultrasound: An advanced imaging test that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images.
  2. Pap smear: A collection and sampling of cervical cells to detect cervical cancer
  3. Endometrial biopsy: A procedure that involves the sampling of cells lining the uterus for any abnormalities

Risks or complications

Once advised by an Obgyn in Lake Success for surgery, patients may experience some complications post-operation, which may include:

  1. Risk of infection
  2. Bleeding
  3. Formation of blood clots
  4. Urinary incontinence – This is the loss of bladder control
  5. Vaginal prolapse – A condition in which the vagina protrudes from the vaginal opening
  6. Chronic pain
  7. Bladder or ureter injury
  8. Painful intercourse

Who should consider Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Surgery?

Laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery is typically elected as a treatment for serious uterine and reproductive system conditions when other options such as non-surgical or pharmaceutical treatments have failed.

Indications to consider Laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery include:

  1. Uterine Fibroids
  2. Endometriosis
  3. Uterine prolapse (When the uterus descends into the vagina)
  4. Cancer of the uterus, cervix, or ovaries
  5. Vaginal bleeding
  6. Chronic pelvic pain
  7. Chronic pain
  8. Painful intercourse
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Advantages of Laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery

The surgery includes a few small incisions instead of a traditional abdominal hysterectomy, making three to six-inch incisions. Laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery offers an alternative to reduce pain, requires a shorter hospital stay, a faster and smoother recovery period, and lowers the risk of infection. By making this surgery available locally by an Obgyn in lake success, Women for women provides their patients an opportunity to discuss their options and the benefits of this minimally invasive procedure.

Call an Obgyn in Lake Success if you experience

  1. Heavy vaginal bleeding
  2. Pain, redness, swelling, or discharge around incisions
  3. Fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit 
  4. Nausea and vomiting
  5. Shortness of breath

After your treatment, there may be some side effects, and this is completely normal. If you experience any of the above conditions, you need not worry about it. Speaking with your doctor at Women for Women, our team of expert physicians will guide you through the recovery process. We are experts in general obstetric and gynecological care, high-risk obstetrics, laparoscopy, and hysteroscopy here at Women for Women. We provide specialty services, including bone densitometry, gynecological sonography, 4-D obstetrical ultrasound, minimally invasive surgery, cosmetic treatments, and personalized wellness consultations.