Laparoscopic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive procedure to remove a women's uterus. Physicians may recommend a hysterectomy for a variety of conditions, including several gynecological cancers and for benign gynecological conditions like endometriosis and uterine fibroids.
While a traditional hysterectomy involves a significant abdominal incision, a laparoscopic hysterectomy requires much smaller incisions, enabling patients to recover more quickly.
A laparoscopic hysterectomy is performed using a laparoscope, a thin, flexible tube containing a video camera. During a laparoscopic hysterectomy, surgeons make several small incisions in the abdomen near the navel through which they insert the laparoscope and thin tubes containing tiny surgical instruments. The laparoscope allows surgeons to guide the instruments to the uterus and perform the hysterectomy, removing the uterus in sections through the laparoscopic tube or through the vagina.
A laparoscopic hysterectomy offers significant advantages over traditional surgery, including:
The Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) provides comprehensive care for women with a wide range of gynecological conditions, including pelvic pain, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, cervical incompetence, abdominal uterine bleeding and uterine fibroids.
In addition to a laparoscopic hysterectomy, minimally invasive surgical options at BWH include removal of endometriosis, presacral neurectomy, ovarian cystectomy, endometrial ablation, lysis of adhesions, laparoscopic myomectomy, and pelvic reconstruction.
In addition to laparoscopic hysterectomy options, BWH offers comprehensive care across a number of medical service areas and treatments, including treatment of osteoporosis, treatment and education about women and depression, pre-natal care and diagnosis for high risk pregnancy and much more. Patients seeking a specific treatment, such as a sleeve gastrectomy for weight loss, or a laminectomy to treat spinal stenosis, can use our physician directory to find a physician that suits their needs.
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