Abdominal Hysterectomy

This operation involves the uterus (womb) being removed using a lower transverse incision in the abdomen. The skin is closed at the end of the operation using dissolvable stitches.

The ovaries can be removed at the same time and thus should be something you discuss with your surgeon.

This operation was the standard procedure for a hysterectomy but is now less common due to the benefits of a laparoscopic hysterectomy.

However, in certain situations such as a large fibroid uterus the conventional abdominal approach will be advised.
The operation is performed under general anaesthetic. A lower transverse incision is made in the abdomen to allow entry to the abdominal cavity.

The operation can then be performed and usually takes 60 minutes to compete. You will wake up with a catheter in your bladder which will be removed the following day.

It is anticipated that you will stay in hospital for 2-3 nights before being discharged. You will be off work for at least 6 weeks. Mr Webster will see you in his follow up clinic 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 this 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.

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