A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus to treat a range of problems, such as fibroids, excessive menstrual bleeding, and endometriosis. Each year, 600,000 women undergo this procedure in the United States. There are several types of hysterectomies performed by the experienced surgeons of Blue Ridge OB/GYN.
Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy (LSH)
This is the newest surgical innovation in hysterectomy. The uterus is removed through three small incisions in the abdominal wall. The cervix is left intact, preserving normal sexual function. LSH can often be performed on an outpatient basis and the recovery is quick, lasting approximately 1-2 weeks.
Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (TLH)
This procedure is similar to LSH however the cervix is removed along with the uterus. TLH is less invasive than a traditional hysterectomy, leaving three tiny scars on the abdomen. Hospital stays are usually 24 hours and recovery typically takes 3 weeks.
The uterus and cervix are removed through an incision inside the vagina, thus there is no visible scarring. This procedure can be performed under general or regional anesthesia. The hospital stay is 1-3 days and the recovery time is 4 weeks.
This “traditional” procedure involves the removal of the uterus and cervix through an abdominal incision. The incision is 4-6 inches in size and will leave a visible scar. The typical hospital stay lasts 3 days and recovery can take up to 6 weeks.