Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. It is most often performed for patients suffering from conditions related to abnormal uterine bleeding or pain, and is used when more conservative measures are not successful. Hysterectomies are the second most common surgical procedure performed on women in the US. There are over 600,000 hysterectomies performed each year.
Traditionally, a hysterectomy is performed through a large incision in the abdomen. However, advances in techniques and technology provided by minimally invasive surgeons enable them to perform the procedure with less pain, less operative risk, and shorter recovery time.
A laparoscopic hysterectomy involves tiny incisions in belly button or abdomen. The surgeon will insert a small camera through one of the incisions and uses specialized surgical instruments to carefully separate and then remove the uterus. By using these sub-centimeter incisions, patients have less pain and their recovery is much faster.
Laparoscopic hysterectomy has a very short recovery time when compared with traditional or open surgery. Most patients go home within a few hours of surgery rather than days. They are also able to get back to work and regular activity within days rather than weeks or months. Getting back to regular activity faster allows you to have a faster recovery and prevents complications. Strenuous physical activity, vaginal intercourse, and heavy lifting should be avoided until your surgeon indicates you are fully recovered however. With our minimally invasive techniques, recovery is much faster and less painful than with a traditional hysterectomy.
Dr Lewis Townsend and Dr Rachael Cleberg have interest in minimally invasive surgery. They use the latest surgical techniques to resolve symptoms with minimal discomfort and downtime. They can help assess your situation and determine the best treatment options available to you.