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 or nurse call line 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: October 13, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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