If you've been scheduled for a minimally invasive hysterectomy, you probably have some questions. Our guide offers the answers you're looking for, and helps you prepare for your operation.
A hysterectomy is an operation to remove your uterus. This operation is recommended to treat or control cancer. In the past, a hysterectomy always required a large incision in the lower stomach area. Newer methods of the operation are minimally invasive, which means the operation is performed through small incisions.
Benefits of a minimally invasive hysterectomy include less pain and scarring, less time in hospital, faster recovery and less chance of bleeding and infection.
A laparoscopic hysterectomy is one type of minimally invasive hysterectomy:
Surgeons with special training can also do a robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy. The approach is similar to a laparoscopic hysterectomy as described above, but the surgeon uses a computer to control the precise movements of the surgical tools, guided by a three-dimensional view of your uterus.
Your surgeon will describe the type of operation that is recommended for you and answer your questions.
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