What is Hysterectomy? What are the advantages of Laparoscopic hysterectomy?
Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the woman’s uterus.
This removal could be combined with Salpingo-Oophorectomy or trachelectomy (cervix removal) depending on the surgical indication.
Hysterectomy can be performed making a big incision through the abdominal wall (like the incision of cesarean section) or laparoscopically.
Hospitals which can provide us necessary medical equipment and a doctor who specialises in advanced laparoscopy are the main prerequisites for a successful laparoscopic surgery.
How the procedure is performed?
How does the doctor remove the uterus during laparoscopic hysterectomy?
The uterus can be removed through the vagina. In this case, vaginoplasty (if it is necessary) can be performed at the same time.
If there is not even a small suspicion of malignancy, special instruments cut the uterus in smaller segments and the surgeon removes these segments through the small abdominal incisions.
Why is laparoscopic hysterectomy recommended?
- Short hospitalization time (usually you discharge from the hospital a day after the procedure)
- Rapid recovery and return to normal activity
- Significantly less post operative pain
- The incisions are less than 1 centimeter, so the cosmetic result is better
- It is a safe procedure with few post operative complications (including infections)
- At the same time of the surgery, the doctor can closely examine the abdomen organs due to high definition images and the visual magnification
- Improvement of fertility rates
How do I decide which option is better for me?
Consult Dr. Marinakis a specialist Gynecologist - Endoscopic surgeon.
Doctor should examine you in order to be assured that there is an indication for a Laparoscopic surgery.
If they have discouraged you from Laparoscopy, and you do not have enough information not only about the indications of the procedure, but also about your plan of treatment, you might have been in the wrong place!
Overall, laparoscopy is a really safe procedure; however every single medical procedure is safe only if it is managed by a specialist.
Gynecologist Dr. Marinakis specialises in gynecological hysteroscopy. He is certified in advanced laparoscopy and hysteroscopy by Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He was also a member of Laparoscopic training unit “MATTU” in United Kingdom.
How much does a laparoscopy cost?
The cost of a laparoscopic procedure is low and it usually depends on your health insurance cover.
Laparoscopy costs less than an “open surgery” (laparotomy) due to shorter hospital stay (one day compared with five).