A laparoscopy is a medical procedure involving an incision made in the abdomen. It involves making a keyhole through which to insert a camera to assist the procedure. The laparoscopic surgery for hysterectomy procedure boasts a myriad of benefits including faster recovery rates, better pain management and reduced scar sizes. Perhaps the most important benefit is same-day discharge from the hospital.
A laparoscopy enables the surgeon to examine or operate on the entrails or the cavities more closely. Performed under general anaesthesia, it uses a light and camera device called the laparoscope, which is inserted to get a closer look into the abdomen and pelvis. To get a clearer view, gas is used to inflate the belly.
Here, we will see in more detail three laparoscopic procedures that are very popular as the first choice of surgical recourse.
- Laparoscopic Surgery for uterus
- Laparoscopic Surgery for Myomectomy
In this method, the uterus is removed in pieces through an incision made in the vagina rather than in the belly. Laparoscopic surgery for uterus may also involve the removal of the fallopian tubes or ovaries.
Following the removal of the uterus, the periods stop occurring. One can also not conceive.
The following are the general situations that can warrant this:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding not responding to other treatments
- Fibroids, which are non-cancerous growths
- Endometriosis, which relates to abnormal uterine tissue growth
- When the uterus has lowered into the vagina
- Precancerous or cancerous cervical cells on the cervix
- Pelvic pain not responding to other treatments
Laparoscopic surgery for uterus poses few complications and the patient is usually discharged the same day. Occasionally, the patient can experience soreness around the incision which lasts about a few days.
This procedure involves the removal of fibroids in the uterus that can occur during childbearing. Unlike the laparoscopic surgery for the uterus where the uterus is completely removed, in laparoscopic surgery for myomectomy, only the fibroids that cause symptoms like heavy menses and pelvic pressure are removed leaving the uterus intact for childbearing.
Though considered very safe and convenient, laparoscopic surgery for myomectomycan posea few complications. To mitigate the risks, your surgeon can recommend the following:
- Iron supplements and vitamins
- Hormonal treatment
Fibroid shrinking therapy