Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy & Types Removal of Uterus & Recovery

Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy means the removal of uterus (womb) by a laparoscopic procedure. The procedure might or might not be combined with removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries. Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy or Laparoscopic Hysterectomy might be advised for a number of reasons. The female reproductive system is mainly made up by the womb, also known as the uterus, vagina, fallopian tubes and ovaries. When we say hysterectomy, it means the removal of uterus or womb from the female reproductive system. When the ovaries and fallopian tubes are removed along with the uterus, it is called total hysterectomy with bilateral salphingo oophorectomy

Recommendation for Hysterectomy or Removal of Uterus
Hysterectomy is advised for a number of reasons:

Fibroids: These are benign, abnormal muscle growth. If the fibroids become large, they can press the bladder and cause urinary problems as well. Sometimes they are multiple and if the woman has heavy bleeding and has children, she may opt for a hysterectomy.

Prolapse: The uterus and parts of the vaginal wall drops down, as a result of weakening or thinning of the ligaments that support it. If left untreated it may come out of the vagina and develop ulceration and infection Removal of uterus avoids such complications. 

Dysfunctional uterine bleeding: where heavy bleeding is not controlled by medical means and no specific cause is identified

Cancer:  cervical cancer, uterine cancer or cancer in the fallopian tubes, minimally invasive hysterectomy is advised.

Types of Hysterectomy & Recovery
There are different types of hysterectomy that are performed. The womb may be removed either through a cut in the abdomen or by minimally invasive procedures such as laparoscopic hysterectomy/ keyhole surgery.  The commonly used types of hysterectomy are listed as follows:

Total hysterectomy: In this procedure, both the uterus and the cervix are removed during the surgery. The ovaries are left. In case they are removed, the procedure is known as bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (BSO).

Subtotal hysterectomy: In this procedure, the uterus is removed, leaving behind the cervix.

Radical hysterectomy: This procedure is also known as Wertheim's hysterectomy. In such a procedure, the entire female reproductive system is removed. It includes removal of the womb, cervix, Fallopian tubes and ovaries. Parts of the vagina and lymph glands are also removed.

Advantages of minimally invasive hysterectomy
  • The procedure is done by small cuts which will hardly be visible after healing, offering better cosmesis.
  • Less pain needing less pain medication after surgery
  • Less blood loss
  • Faster mobilization
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Can resume work faster
  • Less chance of wound infection
  • Less chance of hernia
  • Less chance of scar formation or adhesions inside the abdomen
You must discuss it with your gynecologist before deciding on any of the procedures. At Columbia Asia Hospital, we provide you with the best assistance and services for minimally invasive hysterectomy and uterus removal procedures. You can contact us at our helpdesk to book an appointment with our doctors and gynecologists. 

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