Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy – What you should know?

What is Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (TLH)?

Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (TLH) is one of the types of a hysterectomy where surgery is performed to remove the uterus and cervix using keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery. The surgery may be done with or without the removal of the ovaries and the Fallopian tubes, based on the patient’s conditions.

What is Hysterectomy?

Hysterectomy, in general, is a procedure where the surgery is performed to remove the uterus using different types of hysterectomy treatment based on the patient’s conditions. There are three types of hysterectomy treatments that include abdominal hysterectomy, vaginal hysterectomy & total laparoscopic hysterectomy. Abdominal hysterectomy is major surgery where the incision is performed along your pubic hairline and takes almost 40 days to recover. And, the vaginal hysterectomy is performed entirely through the vagina by using the laparoscope and takes two weeks to recover. Whereas, the Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (TLH) is performed inserting a telescope through a small keyhole incision into the navel or abdomen which takes less than two weeks to recover and has more advantages compared to the other two types of hysterectomy.

How is the TLH performed?

In TLH, the surgeon inserts a laparoscopic (telescope) inside your abdomen or navel through a small incision and checks your pelvic organs and makes three or four small incisions through which other instruments are inserted and used. For a clear vision of your organs, the carbon dioxide gas is inflated to your abdomen after which the surgery is performed. In this surgery, the surgeon removes the uterus, with or without removing the Fallopian tubes and ovaries through the vagina.

Why is Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (TLH) performed?

Generally, the TLH is provided to the patients suffering from heavy & painful periods, fibroids, pelvic pain, prolapse, endometrial or early-stage cervical cancer.