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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.

About the 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:

  • A small incision (about ½ inch) is made near your belly button.
  • Carbon dioxide gas is put into your stomach area to expand the area.
  • A thin, lighted tube with a camera (called a laparoscope) is inserted through the incision.
  • The camera sends a video to a monitor, letting the surgical team see inside your body.​​​​
  • ​Other small incisions are made in your stomach area for the surgical tools that are used to remove your uterus.

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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Learn how smoking and tobacco can affect your recovery after surgery, and how quitting can improve your health.​

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Download a printable version of the full guide:
Minimally invasive hysterectomy: Preparing for your surgery and recovery at home​​​

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