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 What is a Single Site Hysterectomy or Laparo-Endoscopic Single Site Hysterectomy?Single Site Hysterectomy or Laparo-Endoscopic Single Site Hysterectomy

Definition: The single site hysterectomy is a minimally invasive surgery to remove your uterus through an approximately one inch incision in the belly button. A camera and tools are all inserted using the single incision.

Acronym: SILS or LESS

Description of procedure: During a SILS/LESS, a single cut is made in the belly button. A port is then inserted through which has openings for the laparoscope and other tools needed for surgery. The laparoscope is like a tiny telescope with a camera attached that projects an enlarged and continuous image onto a television screen. When the surgery is complete, the camera, tools, and port are removed. The incision is closed and typically disappears within the folds of skin around the belly button.

Similar to a TAH or TVH , the uterus (with or without the cervix) is detached from the ligaments that attach it to other structures in the pelvis. The complete uterus can either be removed vaginally or cut into pieces and removed through the belly button incision. The partial uterus is removed in pieces through the single belly button incision.

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. This type of surgery also requires a surgeon with extensive skills.

Initial Recovery: Expect 2 to 4 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.

12-13-2014 - 02:09 PM


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