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Your surgeon will recommend one or more types of hysterectomy. (You may or may not have a choice, depending on your condition.) An abdominal hysterectomy requires a larger surgical cut (incision). A vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomy uses small incisions.
Abdominal hysterectomy. Two types of surgical cuts are used for this type of hysterectomy.
Vaginal hysterectomy. With this type, the cuts made to remove the uterus are made on the inside of the vagina.
Laparoscopic hysterectomy. With this type, small cuts are made in the belly. These allow the surgeon to insert a small viewing tool (laparoscope) and surgical tools.
The vaginal and laparoscopic techniques are sometimes combined.
Laparoscopic surgery that is done using only one incision is called a laparoendoscopic single-site surgery (LESS) or single-port surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is also done using robotic equipment.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofOctober 6, 2017
Current as of: October 6, 2017
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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