Cervical Cancer: Laparoscopic Radical Hysterectomy

What is a laparoscopic radical hysterectomy?

Radical hysterectomy is used to treat early stage cervical cancer. It is the standard operation for early cervical cancer.

What happens during the operation?

The operation involves the removal of the cervix (neck of womb), the uterus (womb) along with the parametrium (tissue around cervix) and the upper 2cm of the vagina. The pelvic lymph glands are also removed. Preservation of the ovaries can be considered in premenopausal women. The procedure is performed via a few keyhole cuts in the tummy.

What are the benefits of a laparoscopic radical hysterectomy?

Because of the smaller trauma to the skin and the tissues in the pelvis, recovery is generally quicker after keyhole surgery than after a tummy cut (laparotomy). Average hospital stay after laparoscopic radical hysterectomy is 2 days only and the majority of patients resume their normal activity very quickly. That can be an important factor for those looking after their children, needing to go back to work and those who would like to enjoy their full, active life as soon as possible.

The benefits of keyhole surgery are:

  • Shorter hospital stay (2 days on average)
  • Faster recovery back to normal (2-3 weeks sick leave only)
  • Less blood loss during the operation (from research evidence)
  • Less wound infection and breakdown
  • Better cosmetic results in the tummy

Who can perform this operation?

This procedure can only be performed by those specialist gynaecologists called gynaecological oncologists who are trained to perform advanced laparoscopic cancer surgery.

Paying for your treatment

You have two options to pay for your treatment – your costs may be covered by your private medical insurance, or you can pay for yourself. If you are paying for your own treatment the cost of the procedure will be explained and confirmed in writing when you book the operation.

Ask the hospital for a quote beforehand, and ensure that this includes the consultants’ fees and the hospital charge for your procedure.

To find out more about having a laparoscopic radical hysterectomy for cervical cancer at a BMI Healthcare hospital please get in touch with our Cancer Enquiries team, either by calling 0800 157 7747.

For further information or to book a consultation or treatment, please get in touch with our cancer enquiries team: Call us on 0800 157 7747

Content reviewed: October 2014

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