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Procedure - Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

For women with various conditions of the uterus, a hysterectomy can be beneficial. There are two types of hysterectomy, a partial (just the uterus is removed) or a total (the uterus and cervix are removed). These procedures were traditionally performed as an open abdominal surgery, but can now be performed as a laparoscopic hysterectomy at Ogden Clinic in Utah.

During a laparoscopic hysterectomy, your OB/GYN will make small incisions on your abdomen and use small, surgical instruments to remove the uterus, cervix, ovaries, and/or fallopian tubes. This procedure provides greater surgical control, as well as removal of any organs, tumors, or lymph nodes.

A laparoscopic hysterectomy may be a suitable course of treatment from Ogden Clinic if you have any of these conditions:

  • Endometriosis
  • Cervical, uterine, or ovarian cancer
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Uterine fibroids

Following your laparoscopic hysterectomy at Ogden Clinic, it’s important to get plenty of rest, minimize physical activity, and avoid heavy lifting for as long as 6 weeks after the surgery. After your surgery, you will need to abstain from sexual intercourse for 9 weeks. You also will not be able to get pregnant after your laparoscopic hysterectomy. You may also experience light vaginal bleeding for a few days after the procedure. Once you have a hysterectomy you will no longer have a menstrual period, and for those women also having their ovaries removed, you will immediately go into menopause. Prior to your surgery, you and your doctor will discuss treatment options like hormone replacement therapy, should you need your ovaries removed.

There are many benefits of choosing to have a laparoscopic hysterectomy procedure versus an open surgery including:

  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Less scarring and pain
  • Decreased risk of infection
  • Fewer complications and less blood loss
  • Quicker return to normal activities

Laparoscopic hysterectomy can be a viable treatment option for many different conditions affecting the uterus, ovaries, cervix, and fallopian tubes. If you believe your condition can be treated with a laparoscopic hysterectomy, or you would simply like more information, contact the OB/GYN specialists at Ogden Clinic in Utah today.

Bradshaw-Whitear, Amber, MD, FACOG
5495 S 500 E
South Ogden, UT