A Laparascopic Hysterectomy isn’t as scary as it sounds
A minimally invasive surgery(MIS) is also known as a laparascopic surgery. This is a modern tenchnique in surgery where the operations performed are through small incisions that are usually 0.5–1.5cm.
Laparascopic surgeries are generally preferred more than the common open surgery procedures as pain and hemorrhaging are reduced due to the size of the incision being drastically reduced. The recovery times are also relatively shorter.
The device used in a laparascopic surgery in called a laparascope. This is a long fiber optic cable system which allows the viewing of the affected area by snaking the cable from a more distant, but easily accessible location. A laparascope can be of two kinds: A telescopic rod lens system or a digital laparascope.
Moving on to what we’re really here for — laparoscopic surgery for hysterectomy.
This is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove the uterus.
A woman can choose to keep the cervix in place, also called a supra-cervical hysterectomy or she can have the entire uterus removed. This is called a total laparoscopic hysterectomy. Keeping the cervix in place makes the operation safer and faster. Women who choose to keep the cervix in place should be aware of the fact that there is a 5% chance that they will have monthly spotting at the time of menstruation and they will also need to get regular pap smears.
If the patient has a history of precancerous changes of the cervix or the uterine lining, she should have a total laparoscopic hysterectomy (removal of entire uterus).
If the operation is being done for endometriosis or pelvic pain, many doctors think the chances for pain reduction are better if the cervix is removed.
The not-so scary procedure:
Patients are put to sleep under general anesthesia. Next, a small incision is made in the navel and the camera is inserted through this incision. The surgeon then watches the image from the camera inserted, on a TV monitor. This helps the surgeon perform the procedure with precision.
Two or three more tiny incisions are made in the lower abdomen. Specialized instruments are inserted through these incisions and used for the removal process.
The main advantage over traditional surgery is that there are only a few small incisions carried out when compared to a normal abdominal hysterectomy which has 5 to 6 inch incisions.
The risk of blood loss and infections are extremely low with IVF treatments in Chennai when compared to traditional hysterectomy. Also, there is less scarring and less pain post-operation.
Once the laparoscopic surgery for hysterectomy is complete, the patient need not be admitted in the hospital as in the case of traditional hysterectomy where the patient usually requires a 48 hour to 72 hour hospital stay for observation and care.
Lastly, the recovery time for Laparoscopic Surgery for uterus is only 1–2 weeks unlike traditional hysterectomy which takes 4–6 weeks.
With surgery that requires lesser incision sizes and lesser healing periods, laparoscopic surgeries are a common option for women across the world.