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Total laparoscopic hysterectomy (womb removal) can help for heavy periods, pelvic pain, prolapse of the uterus and cancer of the womb, ovaries or cervix.
Total laparoscopic hysterectomy is a keyhole hysterectomy done through tiny cuts in the tummy, using tiny, modern cutting instruments to diminish the damage to the skin and the pelvic tissues. The removal of the womb (uterus) is basically the same but in expert hands, keyhole surgery has several advantages when compared with tummy cut hysterectomy (abdominal hysterectomy).
Because of the smaller trauma to the skin and the tissues in the pelvis, recovery is much quicker than after a tummy cut (laparotomy). The average hospital stay is 1-2 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, needinged 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:
Keyhole hysterectomy has been thoroughly researched and has been found to be a safe and effective procedure with benefits to patients when compared with tummy cut hysterectomy (laparotomy). Expert laparoscopic surgeons are able to ensure patients have all the benefits.
Apart from very large womb size, there is no contraindication for keyhole hysterectomy, so anybody who needs a hysterectomy can have it done with keyhole surgery.
Common indications for hysterectomy are:
Consultant in Gynaecology
MBBS, MD, FRCOG,MFSTEd, Batchelor of Medicine and Surgery (University of London), 1992, Doctor of Medicine (University of Sheffield), 2000, Member of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 2000, Dual Specialist Accreditation Obstetrics/Gynaecology and Gynaecological Oncology, 2003
BMI Thornbury Hospital