Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

Related Conditions

Cervical Cancer

Gynecologic Cancer

Ovarian Cancer

Uterine Cancer

Health Information
At the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, the state's only comprehensive cancer center, uterine and ovarian growths or masses can often be evaluated and possibly removed with a laparoscopy.
Women with cervical cancer who no longer desire fertility, may be offered laparoscopically-assisted radical vaginal hysterectomy. This surgical procedure uses a laparoscope to remove the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries through the vagina.
Laparoscopic procedures can also be used to sample lymph nodes, determine the stage of cancer and perform a hysterectomy.
This procedure uses a lighted instrument (called a laparoscope) that is passed through a small incision in the abdomen to examine the ovaries and uterus. It is usually performed under general anesthesia in a hospital.
Laparoscopy may eliminate the need for more extensive abdominal surgery. Because it requires a smaller incision, the procedure is associated with significantly shorter hospitalization and recovery periods. Patients generally report less pain with this laparoscopic procedure.