Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

This operation involves the uterus (womb) being removed using keyhole surgery. Keyhole surgery involves the use of small cuts in the abdomen (usually no more than 4) which allows laparoscopic instruments to be introduced to perform the surgery.

All of these cuts are closed at the end of the operation with dissolvable stitches. The ovaries can be removed at the same time and thus should be something you discuss with your surgeon.
This operation is performed under general anaesthetic. A camera is introduced through a small cut in the bellybutton. Following this, 2-3 small cuts are made in the lower part of the abdomen.

The hysterectomy usually takes 60 minutes to perform. You will wake up with a catheter in your bladder. It is anticipated that you will stay in hospital only for one night and you will be off work for up to four weeks.

A laparoscopic hysterectomy has many advantages over an open hysterectomy as it leads to a shorter hospital stay and a shorter recovery.

Mr Webster will see you in his follow up clinic 4-6 weeks after surgery.
Any operation carries a risk of bleeding, infection and thrombosis. Special precautions will be taken to try to prevent these.

Specific complications relating to laparoscopic surgery are injury to bowel, bladder, big blood vessels and the tube linking the kidney to the bladder called the ureter. The risk of complications is in the order of 1-2 in 100.

You are in good hands....