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What is Laparoscopic Hysterectomy?

Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 at 3:21 pm by Williams Hart   |  Updated: Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at 4:46 pm    

Some of the most common tumors found in the uterus are known as fibroids. Many people faced with needing surgery to remove these tumors are now opting for minimally invasive surgery as opposed to traditional, open surgery, though there is a risk factor.

Hysterectomies, or removals of the uterus, have been performed by gynecologists or obstetricians since 1843. The process was then revolutionized in 1989 when the first laparoscopic hysterectomy was performed.

Open hysterectomies are done through either a large cut in the abdomen or in the vagina, known as an abdominal hysterectomy or a vaginal hysterectomy, respectfully. In laparoscopic hysterectomy, only a small cut is made in the patient’s abdomen to insert a lighted camera called a laparoscope and robotic surgical arms. The result is less pain and a shorter healing time. However, one of the laparoscopic tools, a power morcellator, increase the potential risks of spreading cancerous tissues inside patient’s belly cavity.

The two main types of laparoscopic hysterectomies are total and partial. In a partial laparoscopic hysterectomy, surgeons remove the uterus only. Total laparoscopic hysterectomy involves the removal of both uterus and cervix or the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina.

Researchers have highlighted the real danger linked to power morcellators and their risk of spreading undetected cancer. If you underwent a hysterectomy in which your doctor used a morcellator and you experienced adverse effects, contact a Williams Hart attorney at (713) 352-7071 today.

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