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.