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Definition: The laparoscopic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive surgery to remove your uterus through the vagina using one or more small incisions in your belly. One incision is used for a camera which allows the surgical team to view inside your abdomen. The other incisions are used for tools needed to remove your uterus.

Acronym: LAVH

Description of procedure: During a LAVH, one ore more small cuts are made in the abdominal wall through which slender metal tubes called "trocars" are inserted to provide access for a laparoscope and other small surgical instruments. The laparoscope is like a tiny telescope with a camera attached to it that provides a continuous image which is enlarged and projected onto a television screen.

Just like in a TAH or TVH , the uterus (including the cervix) is detached from the ligaments that attach it to other structures in the pelvis, and removed through a cut at the top of the vagina which is repaired with stitches.

Indications/contra-indications: Not all women are candidates for laparoscopic hysterectomies and the decision to use this method must be made on an individual basis.

Initial Recovery: Expect 4 to 6 weeks of recovery, with some lifting and straining restrictions that could extend beyond this period.

Details: For more details and definitions for laparoscopic hysterectomy, please visit here.

Hyster-Stories: To read hyster-stories about laparoscopic surgeries, visit the page here.

Videos: Watch HysterSisters videos on the different types of hysterectomies by clicking here.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

03-13-2012 - 01:53 PM


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