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Total laparoscopic hysterectomy (womb removal) can help for heavy periods, pelvic pain, prolapse of the uterus and cancer of the womb, ovaries or cervix.
A hysterectomy describes the surgical removal of your womb (also known as your uterus).
A total hysterectomy involves the removal of both your womb and cervix. Both procedures are most commonly performed to treat problems that affect the female reproductive system. A total hysterectomy is the preferred option over a subtotal hysterectomy, because removing your cervix eliminates the risk of you developing cervical cancer at a later stage.
A hysterectomy is major surgery but nonetheless it is a very common procedure and one with a high success rate.
On this page, we share more information about a total laparoscopic hysterectomy, which involves the removal of your womb and cervix through keyhole surgery. A total hysterectomy will typically be performed by a consultant gynaecologist, who might also be referred to as a gynaecological surgeon.
Gynaecology is the branch of medicine that deals with the female reproductive system.
After having a hysterectomy, you will no longer experience periods or be able to get pregnant. Some women will experience symptoms of the menopause, but not all. It can eliminate chronic pelvic pain, bloating, and heavy bleeding, among other symptoms.
You might need a total laparoscopic hysterectomy if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:
A total laparoscopic hysterectomy can treat the following conditions:
Many women with cancer of the womb are treated with a total hysterectomy to remove the organs affected and therefore the cancer. Depending on where your cancer has spread, your consultant might also remove your fallopian tubes.
Endometriosis is a condition that happens when cells of the uterine lining are found outside your womb. It can cause a variety of distressing symptoms, including chronic pain, fatigue, and infertility. A total hysterectomy is sometimes used to treat severe endometriosis.
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop in your uterus. They can lead to feelings of heaviness and pressure across your pelvic area. If left untreated, uterine fibroids will continue to grow. They can cause heavy menstrual bleeding and pelvic pain.
There are several types of uterine fibroids. Each is determined by its location in your womb. The three main types are:
Intramural fibroids: These grow within the muscle wall of your womb and are the most common type of fibroid.
Subserosal fibroids: These develop on the outside of your womb and can grow into your pelvis.
Submucosal fibroids: These form in the muscle layer that sits beneath the inner lining of your womb.
Most people with uterine fibroids are unaware that they have them. In most cases, this is because they do not produce any symptoms. However, in other cases, uterine fibroids can result in distressing symptoms that can only be alleviated through treatment such as a hysterectomy.
This occurs when your uterus slips down from its normal position and bulges into your vagina. It can cause significant pain and discomfort and result in urinary incontinence (leaking urine when you cough, sneeze or exercise). It can also cause discomfort and numbness during sex. A prolapse of the uterus can often occur after you give birth.
Our price package includes the cost of your surgery and all appropriate aftercare appointments. Our costs include all surgery fees and aftercare appointments with our consultants.
However, any pre-surgery diagnostic tests and your consultant’s outpatient appointment consultation fee are charged separately. We provide fixed term monthly payment plans over one to five years with no deposit required. If you decide to pay over 12 months, you will pay interest-free. If you are paying for a longer period, you will pay 9.9% APR.
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Recovery is faster after a keyhole hysterectomy than after a tummy cut (laparotomy) because there is smaller trauma to the skin and tissues in the pelvis.The average hospital stay is one to two days. The majority of patients resume their normal activity very quickly. This could be an important factor for those looking after their children, needing to go back to work, and those who would like to enjoy their full, active life as soon as possible.
The benefits of keyhole surgery are:
Your consultant will begin the surgery by making two or three small incisions across your tummy. They will then insert a laparoscope (a long thin tube with a camera attached to the end of it) through one of these incisions. The laparoscope is connected to a monitor that displays images of inside your reproductive system, so your consultant can see clearly as they perform the procedure.
Your consultant will remove your womb and cervix using specialist instruments through the laparoscope. These organs will be detached from their other ligaments and blood supply and removed from your body. Next, your consultant will close the incisions using either specialist glue or staples. Dressing will be applied to your incisions to protect them from becoming infected.
Your consultant will ensure you understand the exact technique they will use before your surgery so you can feel prepared.
Specific complications that can occur during a total hysterectomy include:
If you have any concerns about these, speak with your consultant. They will be able to discuss their likelihood with you in more detail and put your worries at ease.
If you would like to learn more, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly on 0141 300 5009.