Abdominal hysterectomy is done when:
An abdominal hysterectomy is usually required to remove
endometriosis implants and adhesions to restore the
function of other organs involved.
Vaginal hysterectomy can be done:
This surgery requires more specialized surgical skill than an
Laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH) can be done:
LAVH requires specialized surgical
Laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy (LSH)
can be done:
LSH is done by inserting a laparoscope (lighted viewing
instrument) and surgical instruments through several small abdominal incisions.
The uterus is removed in small pieces with a special surgical instrument.
LSH leaves the cervix intact, so women continue with their regular
Pap smears, which check for cervical precancer and
cancer. LSH requires specialized surgical training and may not be available everywhere.
January 9, 2012
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
& Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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