Hysterectomy is the second most common surgery for women, with one out of every three women having the surgery before age 60. However, surveys show women often delay hysterectomy, especially for benign conditions, due to fear of pain, scarring and a long recover time.
During a laparoscopic hysterectomy, the surgeon maneuvers instruments that are inserted through special ports in the patient's abdomen. Typically, three dime-sized incisions are needed to place the various laparoscopic devices inside the patients. One of those instruments is a tiny camera called an endoscope. The endoscope's view from inside the patient is displayed on a color video monitor that the surgeon views to conduct the procedure. In many cases this technique offers a better visualization of the body's internal structures than traditional open surgery.
"The benefits of laparoscopic hysterectomy are nothing short of remarkable," said Dr. Mutch. "Scarring is minimal because surgery is conducted via a few small poke-holes instead of an inches-long incision."
"Hospital stays are reduced by about 50 percent - about 24 to 36 hours compared to three to seven days with traditional open surgery," added Dr. Andreitchouk. "Recovery time is significantly shortened and many patients are back to normal activities within two to three weeks instead of two to four months."
To patients, the most obvious advantage of laparoscopic surgery is a significantly faster recovery. However, research also shows minimally invasive surgery typically results in fewer complications and better clinical outcomes. By offering an innovative laparoscopic approach, these physicians are giving women new options for an improved recovery experience. Their focus is on delivering excellent clinical outcomes and getting women back to their families, activities and jobs more quickly.
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