How is it Performed?
In the Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy or TLH, the laparoscope is used to remove the entire uterus from the abdomen. The ovaries may or may not be removed at the same time. The surgery is completed utilizing only four tiny abdominal incisions less than one-quarter to one half an inch in length. Even a large uterus can be removed laparoscopically using this technique. A traditional open hysterectomy requires an abdominal incision of four to eight inches.
Like other minimally invasive surgeries, this procedure is designed to cause less pain than abdominal hysterectomy with the added benefit of a shorter recovery period.
Post surgery, patients have a much quicker recovery, usually going home the same day or stay one overnight in the hospital. Often, patients are able to return to their normal routine in one to two weeks. Patients report less pain, minimal post-surgical narcotic pain medication use, and a faster recovery time than women undergoing abdominal hysterectomies who usually require a three to four day hospitalization and lengthy recovery time of usually four to eight weeks.