Laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy is a minimally invasive surgery in which the uterus is removed through small incisions in the abdomen, leaving the cervix behind. The cervix remains in place for added support to the vagina and neighboring structures.
A thin, lighted tube with a camera on the end, known as a laparoscope, is inserted into the abdomen through a very small incision. The camera sends images of the inside of the body to a TV monitor in the operating room, allowing the surgeon to see and operate without the need for a large incision. Other small incisions may be made in the abdomen to insert very fine specialized surgical instruments.
Because laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy does not require a large abdominal incision, it is a much less invasive procedure than traditional methods of hysterectomy, with benefits that include less pain, less blood loss, less risk of infection, faster recovery and shorter hospital stays.
This procedure requires general anesthesia with a hospital stay either as same day surgery or overnight. Recovery before returning to work is usually 7 to 14 days.