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Unread 03-02-2002, 11:11 AM
what is lavh?????

What is lavh?? Is that a less evasive surgery procedure??? If so....I can I find a doctor who does that...instead of a doctor so ready to rip my stomach open...which I dont want.Does the fibroids and uterus need to be small...if so cant lupron to the trick???? Helen
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Unread 03-02-2002, 12:06 PM

Hi Coffeegirl4,
LAVH is Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy (hope I spelled all that right!). It is less invasive than abdominal hysterectomy since the surgeon uses a few small incisions in the abdomen and belly-button to manipulate a scope, light, and surgical tools to detatch the uterus and remove it vaginally.
Although I have fibroids and an enlarged uterus my surgeon says this should be no problem--my guess is that it would depend on just how big.
I believe TVH (total vaginal hyst.) is least invasive but LAVH is better for treating endo., adhesions or other doing other repairs besides the hysterectomy.
You should seek a gynocologist specializing in laparoscopic surgery.
Unread 03-02-2002, 12:38 PM
what is lavh?????

I had my LAVH-BSO (lap assisted vaginal hyst and both tubes and ovaries out) on Wednesday - it's now Saturday, and I'm feeling really good. If it turns out to be suitable for you, I can add my "two cents" that at least for me, and at least so far, it's been great - I'm pretty mobile and the big challenge is to remember to rest. Take care!

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