In the Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy, the uterus is removed laparoscopically, leaving a portion of the cervix behind. The ovaries may or may not be removed at the same time.
Like other minimally invasive surgeries, this procedure is designed to cause less pain than abdominal hysterectomy with the added benefit of a shorter recovery period.
|First, the scope is introduced through a small incision in the navel. Smaller incisions are then made in the lower abdomen, to allow for passage of additional instruments. Because a vaginal incision is not made, only the abdominal incisions are required.|
|Using the laparoscope, the surgeon separates the body of the uterus (highlighted in picture) from its ligaments and blood vessels, then detaches it from the lower portion, called the cervix. The detached uterus is removed through one of the lower abdominal incisions. |
|The cervix (shown here) remains in place for added support to the vagina and neighboring structures. This procedure requires general anesthesia with a hospital stay either as same day surgery or overnight. Recovery before returning to work is usually 10 days to 2 weeks|
Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy (LSH) is a surgery performed through small holes made in your abdomen through which the upper two thirds of the uterus are removed. The bottom third, or cervix, is left behind. Laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy (LSH) may be the surgical solution for many women who suffer from small to medium fibroids, adenomyosis, abnormal bleeding or endometriosis.
A laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy is performed through 3 small incisions-one in the base of the belly button and 2 smaller incisions near the hip bones. The uterus is cut away from its blood supply and from the cervix and then cut into strips and pulled in strips through a tube. This procedure can be done in women with mild to moderate adhesions and can be done in the case of a large uterus. The cut cervix is closed with sutures. This takes about one to two hours.