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Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the womb (uterus) which is carried out to treat conditions that affect the female reproductive system, including:
There are different types of hysterectomy & the type performed will depend on the reason for the surgery and how much of the womb and reproductive system can safely be left in place.
If it possible for a hysterectomy to be performed laparoscopically it has significant advantages over a vaginal or abdominal hysterectomy i.e.
The ovaries are usually left in place because they produce oestrogen. If the ovaries are removed this will induce the menopause. After a hysterectomy, you will no longer have periods or be able to become pregnant.
Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows access to the inside of the abdomen and pelvis without having to make large incisions in the skin. It can be used to either diagnose a condition, or to allow treatment. The advantages of this technique over traditional open surgery are that there is a faster recovery time, less pain after the operation and minimal scarring.Laparoscopy can be used to