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Laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH) removes the uterus through the vagina. In some cases, the ovaries and fallopian tubes are taken out at the same time.
In a laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy, the doctor makes one or more small cuts (incisions) in the belly. The doctor inserts a lighted viewing instrument (laparoscope, or scope) and surgical tools through the cuts in the belly. The scope and surgical tools help the doctor free the uterus. The doctor then makes a small cut in the vagina and removes the uterus.
After the surgery, you will not have periods. You won't be able to get pregnant. If there's a chance that you want to have a baby, talk to your doctor about treatment options.
Some women go home the day of surgery. Others will stay in the hospital 1 to 2 days after surgery. You will need about 4 to 6 weeks to fully recover. The recovery time may be shorter for some people.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of: November 8, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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