Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy
Less Pain, Little to No Scarring and Faster Recovery
The most common questions women ask when faced with the need for a hysterectomy are:
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- How soon can I resume my life?
- After I’ve healed, will I have a scar?
Aurora Health Care offers a new minimally invasive hysterectomy that may help alleviate many of these concerns, called single-incision laparoscopy. With a single incision hidden in the belly button, the single-incision laparoscopy procedure potentially offers fewer incisions, less pain and no visible scarring.
How Does the Single-Incision Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Work?
One of the latest advancements in laparoscopic surgery, the new hysterectomy performed using a single port or incision allows for the removal of the uterus through the belly button which measures 20 mm, or slightly smaller than the diameter of a nickel. To perform this procedure, the surgeon inserts a soft and flexible instrument equipped with three distinct openings called a port. It acts as a pass-through, allowing for the use of three surgical devices to be inserted, at the same time, into the belly button. When the surgery is complete, the port is removed from the belly button, leaving one incision which may not be visible upon healing.
Fewer, Smaller Incisions
The single incision in the belly button avoids the large incision made in the lower abdomen involved in a typical open hysterectomy and the multiple small incisions required for standard laparoscopic surgery. Fewer and smaller incisions mean less pain and scarring.
Potential for No Visible Scar
As its name implies, single-incision laparoscopy requires only a single incision that is slightly smaller than the diameter of a nickel. By hiding this small incision within the belly button, this new hysterectomy may eliminate the visible scars typically associated with surgery.
Possible Reduction in Pain and Recovery Time
Single-incision laparoscopy may reduce wound pain when compared to traditional abdominal and laparoscopic procedures. Because the single-incision laparoscopy only requires a small incision in the belly button, women can avoid the trauma associated with additional cutting through multiple layers of skin, muscle and connective tissue required to access the uterus, an aspect of other surgical options that may require extra time to heal. The minimally invasive nature of this new hysterectomy may also result in the potential for reduced recovery time, getting women back to their lives as soon as possible.
For a complete list of physicians who offer this new, minimally invasive hysterectomy, please call toll-free 855-800-6447 or use the find a surgeon search.