Hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus and sometimes ovaries. It is one of the most common surgical procedures in Canada. It’s major surgery, but for many women suffering from painful fibroids, heavy bleeding, or other gynecological problems, it’s a life-changing procedure. Just a few years back there was only one option to surgery- a traditional approach, open surgery with six weeks recovery time.
The advances in technology now allow for less invasive ways, such as laparoscopic and robotic hysterectomies. Today we will highlight laparoscopic hysterectomy.
A laparoscopic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive surgery to remove the uterus with less pain and faster recovery time. A small incision is made in the belly button and a tiny camera is inserted. The surgeon watches the image from this camera on a TV screen and performs the operative procedure. Two or three other tiny incisions are made in the lower abdomen. Specialized instruments are inserted and used to remove the uterus.
The recovery time is much shorter with this procedure – about 2 weeks. Studies also show that this is a safe procedure, with little complication rates and fewer infection rates that a traditional hysterectomy as it requires less cutting and less time spent in the hospital. It is an outpatient procedure and requires no stay at the hospital.
A surgeon has to have the proper training to perform this procedure. The waitlists for laparoscopic hysterectomy average from 5-6 months to over a year, depending on which province you reside in. If you are interested in getting this done sooner in a safe, affordable and private manner we can help. We can set you up for surgery in 2 weeks, provided you have your medical records and a fit for this type of surgery. Contact us for more details and free one-hour evaluation, toll-free 1 877 344 3544
Read our blog next Wednesday – we will present information about robotic hysterectomy!