11 Aug Laparoscopic Hysterectomy for Fibroids
What Is A Hysterectomy?
Hysterectomy is surgery done to remove the uterus. It is a very common type of surgery for women. Laparoscopic hysterectomy is when uterus is removed using very tiny incisions from the abdomen. Fibroids are benign tumours (growth) arriving from the muscles of the uterus and cause menstrual disturbances, pelvic pain and can attain large sizes and occasionally would require removal of uterus. At the Triveni Obstetrics & Gynaecology Clinic, we specialise in medical & laparoscopic surgical solutions for treatment of fibroids (myomectomy and hysterectomy). Other treatment options like hysteroscopic myomectomy or Uterine Artery embolization are also offered (whenever considered appropriate).
Hysterectomy is used to treat health conditions of many women. Some of these conditions include the following:
- Uterine fibroids
- Pelvic support problems
- Abnormal bleeding from the uterus
- Long-lasting pelvic pain
- Gynecologic cancer
Different ways hysterectomy can be performed
A hysterectomy can be done in various different ways: through the vagina (Vaginal Hysterectomy), through the abdomen (Abdominal Hysterectomy) or with the help of laparoscopy (Laparoscopic Hysterectomy). The choice will depend on the reason you need the surgery and various other related factors.
How is laparoscopic hysterectomy done?
Laparoscopic surgery is done from few small incisions in your abdomen. A laparoscope is inserted through one of these incisions that allow the surgeon to see the pelvic organs. Your uterus or fibroids can be removed in small pieces through the incisions or through your vagina.
Benefits of laparoscopic hysterectomy
As compared to traditional abdominal approach to hysterectomy, laparoscopic surgery results in
- Less pain
- Has a lower risk of infection
- Needs a shorter hospital stay
- You may be able to return to your normal activities sooner.
Is hysterectomy safe?
Hysterectomy is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures. As with any surgery, however, problems can occur:
- Heavy bleeding during surgery or post surgery
- Injury to the urinary tract or nearby organs
- Blood clots in the leg that can travel to the lungs
- Breathing or heart problems related to anaesthesia
What are some important things you should know about recovery?
Follow your health care provider’s instructions. Make sure to take plenty of rest, but you also need to move around as frequently as you can. You can also take short walks and progressively increase the distance you walk every day. Do not lift heavy objects until your doctor says you can. Do not put anything in your vagina during the first 6 weeks. That includes having sex, and using tampons.
After you recover, visit your health care provider for routine gynaecologic exams and general health care. Depending on the reason for your hysterectomy, you still may need pelvic exams and cervical cancer screening. In case you have any queries related to laparoscopic hysterectomy then schedule an appointment with Dr. Manavita Mahajan at Triveni Obstetrics & Gynaecology Clinic. She suggests appropriate solutions and performs surgeries for correction of the fibroids wherever indicated.