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This page will provide you with information about a laparoscopic hysterectomy. For further details, you should speak to your consultant.
A hysterectomy is a procedure to remove your uterus (womb). Usually the cervix (neck of the womb) is usually also removed. If necessary, your ovaries may also need to be removed at the same time (see figure 1).
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The most common reasons for requiring a hysterectomy include:
A hysterectomy may cure or improve your symptoms. You will no longer have periods.
A hysterectomy is a major operation that is only recommended after simpler options have failed. Alternatives include:
A laparoscopic hysterectomy is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. Occasionally a spinal anaesthetic will be used. The operation usually takes about an hour and a half. First, your gynaecologist will make several small cuts on your abdomen so they can insert an instrument which inflates the abdominal cavity with a carbon dioxide gas. This will help the surgeons get a better view. They will then insert a number of tubes (ports) into your abdomen, through which they will insert surgical instruments, along with a telescope (laparoscope). This will allow them to see inside your abdomen and perform the operation. Your gynaecologist may also need to place instruments through your vagina to help remove your womb. They will make a cut around your cervix at the top of your vagina so they can remove your womb and cervix.
Any risks or complications will be discussed in advance of your treatment with your expert consultant.
You will usually be able to go home after one to three days. You will need to rest for two weeks and continue to do the exercises that you were shown in hospital. Most women can go back to work after four to six weeks, depending on your type of work. Once you have gone home, you should be aware of symptoms that could be a sign of complications. You should contact your gynaecologist or consultant if you experience the following:
References: EIDO Healthcare Limited - The operation information on this website is produced using information from EIDO Healthcare Ltd and is licensed by Aspen Healthcare.
The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.