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Your surgeon will recommend one or more types of
hysterectomy (you may or may not have a choice,
depending on your condition). An abdominal hysterectomy requires a larger
incision. A vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomy uses small incisions.
Abdominal hysterectomy. Two types of surgical
incisions are used for an abdominal hysterectomy.
Vaginal hysterectomy. During a vaginal
hysterectomy, the incisions to remove the uterus are made on the inside of the
Laparoscopic hysterectomy. To allow insertion
of a small viewing instrument (laparoscope) and surgical instruments,
small incisions are made in the abdomen.
The vaginal and laparoscopic techniques are sometimes
Laparoscopic surgery that is done using only one incision is called a laparoendoscopic
single-site surgery (LESS) or single-port surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is also done using robotic equipment. This is called robot-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy.
Current as of:
March 12, 2014
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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