If you meet the requirements for a hysterectomy, a discussion with your gynecologist regarding all your surgical options is in order. You may be a good candidate for outpatient hysterectomy. With outpatient surgery, you are able to go home less than 24 hours after your surgery, and, in most cases, the same day.
Minimally invasive hysterectomies, like laparoscopic hysterectomy, offers several benefits: less pain, less blood loss, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery with quicker return to normal activities, as well as less scarring compared with abdominal hysterectomy. 1
Laparoscopic hysterectomy is a procedure gynecologists perform to remove the uterus through a few small incisions in the abdomen. Sometimes the ovaries and fallopian tubes are removed at the same time, a procedure called salpingo-oophorectomy. Removing the ovaries leads to menopause. If the ovaries are left in, menopause occurs naturally at the average age of 51. Your gynecologist will counsel you on all your options.
In a total hysterectomy, the gynecologist removes the uterus and the cervix (the lowest section of the uterus which is protrudes into the upper vagina). In a supracervical hysterectomy, the surgeon removes only the uterus.
1. Tsai, Lily J, Kahn, Bruce S. Should you offer outpatient hysterectomy?
Minimally invasive approaches to hysterectomy—performed vaginally, laparoscopically, or with robotic assistance—offer faster postoperative recovery with lower healthcare costs. Same-day discharge in appropriate cases can further enhance these benefits. Contemporary OB/GYN. 1 Oct 2011. Web. 24 March 2013. <http://contemporaryobgyn.modernmedicine.com/news/should-you-offer-outpatient-hysterectomy>
Outpatient Hysterectomy, Am I a Candidate?
- Help At Home for The First 24-48 hours
- Benign (non cancer) reasons for hysterectomy
- No contraindications for laparoscopic procedures such as a history of extensive scar tissue in the abdomen from other multiple surgeries or infections