What is a laparoscopic hysterectomy?

A laparoscopic hysterectomy is a minimally-invasive surgery that uses special surgical instruments designed to be used through small incisions. During the procedure, a thin, flexible scope called a laproscope is inserted through the primary incision, and a small camera on the end of the scope captures images of the surgical site and transmits them to a monitor. Dr. Shilad uses the images on the monitor to guide the surgical instruments and perform the procedure without the need for a large incision. Laparoscopic hysterectomies cause less bleeding and less tissue damage, resulting in a more comfortable recovery as well as a quicker return to normal activities. Minimally-invasive hysterectomies can be a great option for many women, but sometimes, the traditional “large incision” approach is preferred, particularly in women with cancer where it’s essential to have a broader view of the area to ensure all the cancerous tissue is removed.

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