A vaginal hysterectomy is where the uterus is removed through the vagina and takes about 45 minutes to perform.
Vaginal hysterectomy recovery time is very fast, one to two days in the hospital and then another one to two weeks to fully recover at home. There are also fewer complications like fever or infection. There will be no visible scars with a vaginal hysterectomy.
It is not possible for doctors to access the abdominal cavity, and vaginal hysterectomies can only can only be performed for certain conditions. For instance, if the patient has endometriosis, scarring from earlier surgeries or cancer of the uterus or ovaries, they cannot have a vaginal hysterectomy.
A laparoscopic hysterectomy is where the surgeon makes three or four small incisions into the abdomen in order to insert a small camera as surgical instruments. Surgery time typically takes about an hour and 20 minutes.
Laparoscopic hysterectomies are minimally invasive and the recovery time is very minimal as well. There is less pain and only small scars are left where the incisions are made.
A laparoscopic hysterectomy is a complicated surgery that requires a skilled surgeon. Due to the complicated nature of the surgery, the operating time is longer and there is a higher risk of complications during surgery.
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