Total laparoscopic hysterectomy (Full procedure )
Total Laparoscopy Hysterectomy (TLH) is the term referred to minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove uterus. It is also known as keyhole surgery. Nowadays, a laparoscopy hysterectomy is preferred treatment for removing the organs and surrounding tissues of the reproductive system.
The procedure requires a small incision made through the belly button and a small camera (laparoscope) is inserted into it. The camera is attached with the computer screen that allows surgeon to see the image on the screen and perform the surgical procedure. Addition two or three incisions are made into the lower abdomen to insert other specialized instrument for removal of uterus, cervix or any other parts of your reproductive system. Total laparoscopic hysterectomy is performed under general anesthesia.
Why should you consider TLH?
Laparoscopic hysterectomy surgical procedure treats range of conditions in women, such as heavy periods, fibroids, prolapse endometriosis and cancer. It is usually considered when other medical or less invasive surgical treatments failed or contra-indicated.
Getting ready for the surgery
If you are going to have hysterectomy, it is essential to be fit and healthy. Good health before the surgery will reduce the risk of developing complications as well as speed up your recovery. Following steps should be taken to get better result from hysterectomy:
- Eat healthy and balance diet
- Stop smoking
- Exercise regularly
- Lose weight (In case if you are overweight)
Benefits of laparoscopy hysterectomy surgery
The benefits include:
- It requires only few tiny incisions
- Minimum blood loss
- Less scarring and less post-operative pain
- It requires shorter stay at the hospital (usually 2-4 days)
Complication and risk of a hysterectomy
Laparoscopy hysterectomy is considered to be fairly safe procedure. However, as with all types of surgery hysteroscopy can sometime (or rarely) leads to complications such as infection, anesthetic, bleeding, ureter damage, vaginal problems, ovary failure, early menopause and blood clot. Being fit and healthy before you have operation comprehensively reduces the risks of developing complications.
Recovery after laparoscopy hysterectomy
The recovery time before you are well enough to leave the hospital depends on your age and general level of health. It may take up to five days to before you discharged. It takes about six to eight weeks to fully recover from after having abdominal hysterectomy. The doctor recommends taking rest as much as possible and not lifting heavy things during this time as your abdominal muscles and surrounding tissues need time to heal.