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Types of Hysterectomies

There are a variety of surgical techniques for hysterectomy surgeries including minimally invasive techniques and traditional surgery. Talk to your doctor to find out if minimally invasive hysterectomy surgery is right for you.

Minimally Invasive Techniques

Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

Requires just 3-4 small abdominal incisions. The uterine tissue is passed either through the vagina or one of the half-inch incisions, resulting in shorter hospital stays (possibly even outpatient), decreased pain, less blood loss, and lower risk of urinary leakage.

Length of Stay*

0-1
Day

Potential outpatient
procedure

Recovery/
Return to work:

As little as

2
Weeks

Laparoscopic Supra-Cervical Hysterectomy

Involves removing the uterus, but leaving the cervix attached to the vagina. This procedure is chosen when cervical preservation is necessary or desired.

Length of Stay*

0-1
Day

Potential outpatient
procedure

Recovery/
Return to work:

As little as

2
Weeks

Laparoscopic Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy

Removes the pelvic organs through the vagina, while cutting the ovarian attachments laparoscopically. This
procedure is performed on women who can have a vaginal hysterectomy and need to be certain the ovaries are removed.

Length of Stay

0-1
Day

Potential outpatient
procedure

Recovery/
Return to work:

As little as

2
Weeks

Total Vaginal Hysterectomy

Is performed entirely through the vagina. This procedure is preferred if all requirements are met (smallish uterus, no cancer with vaginal laxity) and may be suggested if you need other vaginal surgeries such as repair of the
bladder or rectum.

Length of Stay*

1-2
Days

Recovery/
Return to work:

4
Weeks

 


Traditional Surgery

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy

Is the most commonly performed technique across the United States. It requires a 4-8 inch long abdominal
incision to remove the uterus and ovaries, if needed. This procedure can be performed for any size uterus.

Length of Stay*

2-3
Days

Recovery/
Return to work:

6
Weeks

* Additional procedures can be performed along with any of the above hysterectomies, possibly resulting in a longer hospital stay. Please consult a gynecologic surgeon for more information.