A Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a woman’s uterus. Most of the time this is done as a “traditional open surgery” with a hospital admission with a three or four-day hospital recovery and a large incision.
Many women choose a hysterectomy after they have exhausted all other treatment options, or will wait until they are finished having children. Some women with a family history of some cancers may choose this procedure to help reduce the chances of such problems as they age.
There are very few surgeons that perform this surgery laparoscopically.
Our Group does almost 99% of our operations Laparoscopically with minimum downtime and reduced risks.
Hysterectomy can treat the following conditions:
- Severe endometriosis
- Uterine fibroids
- Prolapsed uterus
- Cancer of the uterus or other nearby reproductive organs
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Chronic pain
If you have a strong family history of cancer, or you are a member of another high-risk group, talk with your gynecologist about elective risk-reduction surgery.
1. Total abdominal hysterectomy
This is the removal of the uterus and the cervix through an incision in the abdomen.
Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
Removal of uterus and cervix through minimal invasive operation with minimal downtime.
2. Laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH)
The uterus is removed through the vagina, with the assistance of a laparoscope inserted through small incisions in your abdomen. There are generally fewer risks with this type of surgery, and recovery time is much quicker than with abdominal methods.
3.Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy
Removing the uterus only. The cervix is left intact.
All Hysterectomies can be with or without removal of Ovaries and or tubes depending on your age and reason for performing the procedure. Talk with your gynecologist about various options that best suits your needs.
Abdominal Hysterectomy requires 3-5 day hospitalisation with 6 weeks recovery time and two-week post-op incision check.
Laparoscopic hysterectomies require one day or are performed as an outpatient with a two week recovery time and require a ten-day post operation incision check
You will be asked to walk around after your surgery to facilitate circulation in your legs.
It’s normal to experience some mild to moderate vaginal bleeding and discharge following the surgery.
For 4-6 weeks after your surgery:
- Get plenty of rest
- Avoid heavy lifting
- Get some light exercise. Taking short walks every day will improve your circulation and help you regain your strength.
- Avoid vaginal intercourse
- Avoid inserting anything into your vagina, including douches and tampons