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Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

​A hysterectomy is an operation to remove your uterus (womb). Your cervix may be removed (total hysterectomy), or it may be left in place (subtotal hysterectomy). At the time of the hysterectomy your ovaries can also be removed or left in the body, depending on your age and the reason for the hysterectomy.

Mr Kunde is an expert in laparoscopic hysterectomy – using keyhole surgery to remove your womb – which is a way to carry out a hysterectomy with less pain, smaller scars and quicker recovery times.

To make an appointment to see Mr Kunde at London Bridge Hospital or the Westminster Maternity Suite contact us now.

Frequently Asked Questions About Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

What is laparoscopic surgery?

​A laparoscopic hysterectomy is similar to an abdominal hysterectomy. However, the operation is performed through several small incisions (usually less than 1 cm) made to your abdomen instead of one larger incision. It is also known as ‘keyhole surgery’.

How is a laparoscopic hysterectomy performed?

​You will have the surgery under general anaesthetic – this means you are asleep and do not feel any pain for the entire operation. A catheter is put into your bladder when you are asleep to drain urine from your bladder and lower the risk of injury to it during the operation.

Four incisions are made to your abdomen. The first of these is just below your umbilicus (belly-button). Carbon dioxide gas is put into your abdomen to lift the wall of your abdomen, so the surgeon has a clear view of your internal organs. An instrument, called a trocar, is put into your abdomen and a lighted telescopic camera (laparoscope) is inserted through this. The laparoscope magnifies the view of your abdomen so the surgeon can see your organs clearly on a screen.

Other surgical instruments needed for the operation are put through the other small incisions in your abdomen. The uterus is detached from its surrounding structures and removed in one piece through your vagina. This is why the operation is called a laparoscopic vaginal hysterectomy. The top of the vagina is then closed with sutures (stitches). The top of the vagina is now referred to as the vaginal ‘vault’. The operation takes about one hour.

What are the advantages of laparoscopic surgery?

​Making smaller incisions during laparoscopic surgery has several benefits, including:

  • less pain after the operation, which can be controlled with pain-relieving tablets or suppositories rather than a pain-relieving injection
  • less blood loss
  • smaller, less noticeable scars
  • a shorter stay in hospital (generally one to two days compared with three to four days after open surgery (surgery involving a large incision to the tummy).
  • wounds are quicker to heal and less likely to become infected
  • being able to return to normal activities and work faster than after open surgery.

What are the risks?

​Like any other surgical procedure, key hole surgery also carries small risks which occurs in only three out of every 1,000 patients. Dr Kunde will talk with you about these risks in more detail during the consultation and you will have an opportunity to ask questions.

After the surgery

​The catheter draining your bladder can sometimes be removed at the end of the operation to allow you to try and get out of bed sooner. Otherwise, it is removed the following morning.

The main differences are that you will have less pain with this type of surgery and will not need to stay in hospital for as long. We will give you painkillers to take home with you. We will ask you to rest at home and avoid any strenuous activities, such as shopping or vigorous exercise.

Will I have a follow-up appointment?

Dr Kunde will see you 4-6 weeks after your operation to check the healing of the scars and to discuss the pathology result of the examination of your womb. Subsequent follow up appointments will depend on how you are recovering from the surgery.

What are the alternatives?

If you do not wish have a hysterectomy then there may be other suitable surgical or non surgical treatment options which Dr Kunde will be able to discuss with you.