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Unread 04-05-2001, 04:03 PM
Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy

Hi Ladies,

I've been doing research on this type of surgery. From what I've read, it seems like a far better way to go than what I'm having (tah). Haven't asked my doctor about this, but I plan to.

Was wondering if anyone else looked into this? Did anyone ask their doctor about this?

Scheduled for a tah on 4/23
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Unread 04-05-2001, 05:14 PM

I can't speak to your question about what this procedure is like, your doctor is sure the best source of information for that because he knows your medical history and your diagnosis(es). If you've discovered an alternative to something that you're not quite 100% convinced is right for you, and if your current doctor is not open to alternatives, perhaps a second opinion is due.

I admire your initiative to research your condition and treatment(s). So many different women have different outcomes based on our personal experiences, but when we take a proactive stand and do as much research as possible and educate ourselves about our bodies, IMHO we are always much better of in the long run for having done it!

Unread 04-05-2001, 05:35 PM
Laparoscopic hysterectomy

I had a total laparoscopic hysterectomy--didn't want to keep the cervix and my doctor doesn't do supracervical hyst. laparoscopically. She does all the surgery laparoscopically and then slides the uterus out through the vagina. But it's technically not a LAVH because none of the incisions or stitching is carried out through the vagina.

Recovery time has been shorter for me than I'm reading about here. I went back to work half time at just over 3 weeks and had a full day today at exactly 4 weeks. (It is a sit-down job, though.) I'm still tired and I have the same no lifting and no vacuuming restrictions as everyone else, but I don't have that big incision in my gut and I didn't have all those large instruments stuffed up my woohoo, so I had less external bruising than after my hysteroscopic myomectomy last year.

The thing about laparoscopic surgery is that it's very different from regular surgery, so you want a surgeon who's good at it and does it all the time. It's something of an art. Laparoscopic hysterectomy can also take longer than regular hysterectomy, and is therefore often more expensive. Interestingly, some fertility specialists do a lot of laparoscopic surgery, and I actually had a fertility specialist (she's also an endometriosis specialist) do my hysterectomy.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any specific questions about the surgery. Your doctor should be able to tell you more about the procedure and possibly refer you to someone who does them. They are adapting the procedure all the time so that some surgeons can use it even for women with very large fibroids. Only the surgeon will know for sure.
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Unread 05-02-2001, 10:05 AM


I've been doing lots of research too, since I was diagnosed with endometriosis and adenomyosis. The gyn who did the lap for endo seems insistent on doing an abdominal hysterectomy and removing ovaries. I didn't tell him that I disagreed with him - I don't think doctors like that, espeically males - but I asked for referrals for second opinions. I'd been given a name by someone I met at an endometriosis assoc. meeting, and when I mentioned that name, my gyn said he knew of him and thought he'd be good, along with a couple of others. I went to the one I learned about at the assoc. meeting, and I think I'll go with him. He's very experienced with lap. hyst, and teaches other surgeions in the Us and abroad. He was very generous with his time and information, and was pleased that I had done so much research. Some docs just roll their eyes when you show up with a notebook...

I'd strongly urge anyone to get a second and even third opinion on something as important as this. Do the internet research, talk to friends who've had it done, and yes, this website is great for all kinds of info! Best of luck to you!
Unread 05-02-2001, 10:22 AM
Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy

Here are a couple of "Princess Stories" by women who have written about their experience with this type of surgery.
Unread 05-02-2001, 10:30 AM
Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy

Dusky, when my doctor first spoke to me about scheduling my hysterectomy, he started to describe an abdominal hyst. I asked him if I was a candidate for a laparascopic hyst and he flipped through my chart and said that I could have it done that way. So, I ended up having a laparascopic supracervical hyst. I am glad that I had this procedure, as I was only in hospital overnight, did not have really bad pain and am left with only four little scars on my abdomen (one in my bellybutton, one on each side of my belly and a bikini line scar).

If your doctor agrees to an LSH and he/she is experienced in this type of surgery, I would recommend it.

Let me know if you have any questions about the procedure.

Unread 05-02-2001, 11:00 AM
Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy

When I asked my gyno about this surgery.. she didnt know about it.. NOT that she just didnt do it, she was sure I was talking about a Lap. Assisted Vag. Hyster.
(that was scary to me....... NO wonder she didnt offer it as an option)
Long story short, I found two other doctors who did this proceedure and picked one that I just think is wonderful.
(I had to do some changes with insurance so that I now can go see this new gyno)
My insurance coverage to see her, wont take effect for a month.
BUT, now I have the assurance that when I have it done, I am in the skilled hands of someone who knows this proceedure, and that I am a canidate for it.
My advice is to be persistant.... if your doctor doesnt offer it, then seek out a consultaion with someone who does. (making sure first, that IF you want this new doctor, you can switch your insurance to be able to see them........... pick from who accepts your insurance)
best of luck to you....... my quest and persistance payed off.
xoxo DonnaFay

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