A hysterectomy is surgery to
remove the uterus. Sometimes the ovaries and fallopian tubes also are removed
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 no longer have periods. You will not be
able to get pregnant. If there is a chance that you will want to have a baby in
the future, talk to your doctor about other treatment options.
Some women go home the day of surgery and some 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 less for some patients.
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.
Having surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect and
how to safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
February 25, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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