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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Healthy Living - How is a hysterectomy performed?

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I'm pretty sure you don't want all the I'll just give you a brief overview of the different  hysterectomy options.

There are different ways that your doctor can perform a hysterectomy. It will depend on your health history and the reason for your surgery.

Abdominal hysterectomy 
This is done through an incision, or cut, in the lower part of your belly. The cut may go either up and down, or across your belly, just above your pubic hair. (At the hospital where I worked, this approach was commonly performed)
Vaginal hysterectomy
This is done through a cut in the vagina. The doctor will take your uterus out through this incision and close it with stitches.  (At the hospital where I worked, I would say this approach was the most common.)
Laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH)
Your doctor will remove your uterus through the vagina. The laparoscope is used to guide the procedure.  (At the hospital where I worked, this method was not as commonly done, but is becoming more popular)
Laparoscopic hysterectomy
A laparoscope is an instrument with a thin, lighted tube that attaches to a small camera and allows your doctor to see your pelvic organs. Your doctor will make three to four small cuts in your abdomen and insert the laparoscope and other instruments. He or she will cut your uterus into smaller pieces and remove them through the incisions.  (At the hospital where I worked, this method was not commonly performed.)


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