Hysterectomies are the most common type of major gynecological surgeries, and there are different surgery options available depending on individual circumstances. The types of hysterectomy surgeries are dependent on various factors including surgeon experience, a woman’s medical history, cancer and other reasons.
Laparoscopic hysterectomies are done with small incisions, one to two centimeters in size, in the abdominal wall. A small camera is inserted in the incision and the surgeon can see the images on the screen then specialized instruments are used for the removal process.
When women keep their cervix, it is called a laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy. If the entire uterus and cervix is removed, the surgery is called a total laparoscopic hysterectomy.
Often times, what needs to be removed for the hysterectomy is larger than the incisions. A morcellation is where the items to be removed are cut into smaller pieces while still in the abdomen and then is removed through the incision. If the woman has a malignant disease, this option may not be the best option because in case anything is left behind in the process of surgery. Although, this is not significantly studied by current research.
Laparoscopic hysterectomies, however, have multiple benefits. Hospital stays are typically shorter due to the small incisions therefore complications are less likely as well.
About Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care:
NVSCC, a cancer center in Las Vegas, specializes in robotic surgery. Please send us a message through our contact page if you have any questions about laparoscopic surgery or call us at 702-739-6467.