Laparoscopic Total Hysterectomy - OBGYN Livingston, NJ
What is a Laparoscopic Total Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a common gynecological procedure that surgically removes the uterus. This ends menstruation and a woman’s ability to become pregnant. This procedure is permanent and irreversible. Your gynecologist may recommend a hysterectomy if you are suffering from any of the following conditions:
There are many different types of hysterectomy procedures. In addition to the removal of the uterus, a total hysterectomy also removes a woman’s cervix, and sometimes the fallopian tubes and ovaries as well. Laparoscopic surgery is when your doctor uses smaller cuts and a tiny video camera to perform the procedure, rather than large incisions. A laparoscopic total hysterectomy is usually preferred over a traditional hysterectomy, as it is minimally invasive. Learn more about the procedure and its recovery period below.
About the Laparoscopic Total Hysterectomy Procedure
A laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy is less invasive than a traditional open vaginal or abdominal hysterectomy. Unlike a traditional hysterectomy that requires a large incision across the abdomen, a laparoscopic hysterectomy uses small incisions. One incision is made deep inside the vagina to actually remove the uterus, and another incision is made in the navel to insert a laparoscope. Both incisions are about one centimeter in size. These small incisions allow for better accuracy and an overall safer procedure than traditional methods.
A laparoscope is a thin probe with a light and a camera, which allows a doctor to see the organs while performing the procedure. This tool is the reason why a large incision is no longer necessary. This method of surgery typically leads to an easier recovery period.
What is Removed in a Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy?
What is removed depends on the type of hysterectomy performed.
- In a total hysterectomy, the uterus and cervix are removed.
- Sometimes, the fallopian tubes and/or ovaries are also removed during a total hysterectomy. The full name for this procedure is a total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy.
- In a supracervical hysterectomy, the upper part of the uterus is removed. The cervix remains intact.
- A radical hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy removes the uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries, the upper portion of the vagina, surrounding tissue, and the lymph nodes. This procedure is typically used to try and treat cervical or uterine cancer.
Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Recovery Period
The laparoscopic total hysterectomy surgery requires a much shorter hospital stay, and recovery is also much quicker than through the traditional method. Some of the recovery benefits of choosing a laparoscopic hysterectomy over a traditional one include:
- Less pain
- Reduced damage
- Faster recovery
- Less scarring and blood loss
Hysterectomy Specialists in New Jersey
Dr. Quartell has extensive experience performing laparoscopic total hysterectomies. His team will ensure you are treated with care and have a quick recovery. They will guide you through the whole process so that you feel confident and comfortable about this route of treatment. If you are suffering from endometriosis, fibroids, or any other gynecological condition, it’s important that you speak with a gynecologist right away. Make an appointment with Dr. Quartell today by calling (973) 716-9600 to further discuss the best treatment option for any gynecological-related pain you are experiencing.