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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Laproscopic Hysterectomy

Laproscopic surgeries  are one of the most advanced forms of surgery in the medical field. The meaning of laproscopic is literally “peeking into the belly.” The best part about a laproscopic surgery is that it’s minimally invasive.

In regards to a Laproscopic Hysterectomy, there are 3-4  incisions made in your abdominal region that are approximately  ¾ of an inch long (this is a huge advantage since a traditional abdominal hysterectomy requires a 5-6 inch incision). After the incisions have been made, specialized instruments, including a camera (called a laproscope) are inserted. With this camera, the surgeon can take a look around  for reference and take pictures during the procedure.  The result is less scaring, less blood loss, and significantly less pain post surgery.

The Procedure

Pre surgery, you will be administered anesthesia and your legs will be placed in stirrups in the same position that you typically receive your annual pelvic exam. A catheter will be placed into your bladder to monitor your urine level during the procedure. The physician will then insert a speculum into your vagina in order to have a continuous view of your cervix. There will then be another instrument inserted into your cervix, so that they are able to move the uterus in different positions throughout the procedure. This gives the camera a clear view of the pelvic area.  

Recovery Time

Laproscopic hysterectomy can be done as an outpatient procedure (most patients go home within the same day) compared to a normal hysterectomy that requires a 2-3 day stay at the hospital. The recovering time for a traditional hysterectomy is 4-6 weeks, while a laproscopic hysterectomy is 1-2 weeks for a typical full recovery.

Post Surgery Infection

There is also less of a chance for an infection, but you want to make sure the your physician is well versed in laproscopic procedures. If your physician has performed anywhere from 25-50 procedures, you should be in the safe zone.

Is a Laproscopic Hysterectomy Right For You?

Another factor you want to be sure of before considering a laproscopic hysterectomy is your personal qualifications. Although most patients with an abnormal uterine qualify, not all patients meet the requirements due to certain conditions.

After the surgery, it is recommended that patients walk around and continue with their normal life when they feel well enough to do so.  Staying in bed can actually be detrimental to your recovery.

For more information, talk to your OB/GYN or Uro/Gynecologist to see if a Laproscopic Hysterectomy is a viable option for you. 

See Link Below for a detailed animation of a Laproscopic Hysterectomy 

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