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Hysterectomy for Uterine Fibroid Treatment

Hysterectomy, removal of the uterus, is the only treatment option that ensures that fibroid tumors will not grow back. It is an effective option for women who will not want to become pregnant after treatment, and women who are not opposed to having their uterus partially or entirely removed.

When traditional abdominal hysterectomy is the only viable option, our team of specialists at the University of Chicago Medicine offers a level of surgical skill and experience that achieves the best results possible. However, when possible, we recommend minimally invasive surgery. Performed under general anesthesia, these procedures result in shorter hospital stays, quicker recovery times, and minimal or no scarring.

Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy Techniques

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Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

To perform a laparoscopic hysterectomy, a gynecologist navigates miniature surgical tools through tiny abdominal incisions. A laparoscope, which is a thin tube equipped with a camera and a light, is inserted through an incision at the navel. The camera projects video images on a digital screen, enabling the gynecologist to skillfully remove the uterus with expert precision.

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Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

Similar to laparoscopic hysterectomy, robotic hysterectomy is performed through tiny abdominal incisions with video image guidance. Additionally, for this innovative technique, the gynecologist operates a robot to navigate surgical tools and remove the uterus. The robotic system enables a level of enhanced flexibility and surgical precision that may exceed the ability of human hands.

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Laparoscope-Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy (LAVH)

During a laparoscope-assisted vaginal hysterectomy, a gynecologist uses specialized surgical tools to remove the uterus through tiny abdominal incisions or a vaginal incision. A laparoscope, which is a thin tube equipped with a camera and a light, is inserted through an incision at the navel. As the camera projects video images on a digital screen, the gynecologist navigates miniature surgical tools to remove the uterus with expert skill and precision.

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Vaginal Hysterectomy

To perform a vaginal hysterectomy, a gynecologist uses specialized surgical tools to remove the uterus through the vagina. This procedure requires no external incision.

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