LRH Provides Minimally Invasive, Laparoscopic Hysterectomies
Hysterectomies at Lakes Regional Healthcare (LRH) are now performed in a minimally invasive manner.
A hysterectomy is the removal of any or all of the female reproductive organs, including the uterus, cervix, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. Hysterectomies are most often done to treat conditions such as uterine fibroids, abnormal uterine bleeding, endometriosis, uterine prolapse, and cancer. In the past, hysterectomies were performed by making a five-inch long incision through the abdomen, which resulted in long recovery times and significant pain. Now, however, with the use of miniature cameras and laparoscopic tools, the procedure can be done by making three small incisions in the abdomen – one by the naval and two on either side of the naval.
Dr. Brian Wilson, an obstetrician/gynecologist with Northwest Iowa Surgeons, performs the procedure at LRH. He said, “Laparoscopic hysterectomies are minimally invasive and offer several benefits to the traditional surgical method. There’s less pain involved, smaller, almost invisible scarring, and a much shorter recovery time. With the traditional method, patients can expect to stay overnight in the hospital up to four nights. With the laparoscopic hysterectomy, patients recover after only one overnight hospital stay and feel better much more quickly.”
Those interested in more information can contact their local family physician or visit www.hysterectomyoptions.com.