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Laparascopic Total Hysterectomy

A Laparoscopic Total Hysterectomy is similar to a Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy in that most of the work is done via three cuts in the abdomen.

However it differs because it involves removing the cervix as well. It could also be similar to a vaginal hysterectomy in that if the womb is not too large then it can be removed vaginally. The top of vagina will be stitched closed and the top, of the vagina, is then supported by tying the uterosacral ligaments to the top as well. All stitching is performed via the laparascopic instruments.

Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Transformational counsellor, coach and women's health advocate. Professionally I'm an information scientist who specialises in change management, culture change and adoption of digital technologies in large enterprises and organisations. I am a writer and author of nine books to date, and I've edited a further seven; phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

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  1. My mother had a complete hysterectomy about 15 years ago, I’m going in for mine in Dec but I have chosen to keep my ovaries providing they look healthy once doc is in there. I choose this because my mother says she would never make that decision to remove her ovaries again as she says she went through hell and continues to do so to date. She had not been through menopause when hers was removed so I’m sure that’s alot to do with it but now 15 years later she’s still struggling. My sister opted to keep just one ovary as she heard mom’s regrets and decided that wasn’t her cup o tea. She doesn’t have the same regrets so maybe that’s the better option of the two. For myself, if they are healthy I’ll leave them, if one looks suspect it’ll go but I do hope to keep just one for the hormones as I’m only 38. Best of luck to you and wishes for a speedy recovery♡

  2. I’m 56 and have already went through menopause due to medications I took 15 years ago. I have been experiencing spotting for1 1/2 years and now they want to do a hysterectomy. I have been reading the different kinds of ways they are done and I’m thinking a laparoscopic hysterectomy may be the one for me but I have concerns over them using the mocellator and don’t know whether keeping my ovaries is a risky move. I have had two surgeries that include polyp removal D&C with biopsy (which was negative) the last being in August of this year. I think the moccelator is alright if you are cancer free which I was in August but not sure right now. I follow up with doctor December 12th so was hoping to be a little more informed so I’m able to discuss options with doctor intelligently. Has anyone who has already gone through menopause had their ovaries removed did you have menopausal symptoms again? I’m not able to take hormone replacement therapy. Also, does anyone know if they can perform the laparoscopic hysterectomy and NOT use the moccelator?

  3. I am 47, a fit and healthy nurse and am booked in for a total lap hysterectomy and bilateral salpingoophrectomy in 12 days. It’s come out of the blue and I am actually feeling great and have no symptoms. A routine review for my merina coil for endo revealed worsening pathology with multiple large cysts and endo and they’ve recommended the op.
    I am very apprehensive, not so much about the op, but about the menopausal symptoms and feeling unwell after being so healthy. I feel like I’m about to run into a brick wall and have no idea how long it will take me to get up and scale it (and be back to my usual self). I read on these forums that people never look back because their symptoms are so much better, but I don’t have any bad symptoms really as the merina has been making them so good for the last 10years. Any encouragement and strategies to deal with the pre-hysterectomy Blues and fears!!?

  4. You should avoid sex until you are completely healed internally – this is usually 6 weeks minimum. Also an odour is often an indicator of an infection so it would be worth getting your GP to check it out.

  5. Hi…I’m 2 weeks post-op today. I had a Lap. Total hysterectomy BSO… I feel good; very little pain; scant vaginal bleeding/ drainage. I am experiencing the fatigue ( I fall asleep easily-reading a book); and the hot flashes … My surgeon didn’t start me on the Estrogen just yet.. I’ll see her in a couple of weeks…I do notice a lil’ bit of an odor…one I’ve not had before… I figure it’s the drainage and a matter of time before I heal completely.. Questions: How is sex after surgery and what methods can be used to guard against odor.

  6. me too – I had mine a week and a half ago and I feel great, still expect to see blood when I go tot the toilet as I have had my problem for years. Still a bit achy and tired but not many painkillers – Its great!!

  7. i am 55 would have liked to go into menopause peacefuly but no , to much estrogen hve decided agains the coil for the total (because of heavy bleading) hysterectomy. is anyone my age with the same problem? having to induce menopause because with age risks? i am so worried

  8. Hi, I am 46 years old and due to have a total robotic hysterectomy due to having large fibroid. This has caused me a lot of discomfort, heavy bleeding etc…

    I have concerns over the HRT part of things, ie, if they take my ovaries, as I think they how will I feel. I don’t know anyone of my age that has had this, if there is anyone out there that has had a total hysterectomy along with the HRT, I would like to hear your thoughts etc.

    thanks

    Sue.

  9. Back in April I had an ovary removed and sub total hysterectomy I had severe endrometreosis and had to leave my uterus in as attached to my bowel but all is disconnected. But I now I am feeling very depressed and panicy I have put nearly 2 stone I have joined a slimming club but I have only lost 2lb in 3wks , i am now getting paranoid about what I am eating.. I am very active and I start back riding in the next couple of weeks and I was hoping too get some weight off is this normal please advise !!

  10. Hi I had full hysterectomy 5weeks ago the first 2 weeks I did nothing my daughters were fab I’m now doing lite duties u would probably be ok walking your dogs with ur daughter ur body tells u when ur able but u will tire easily good luck

  11. I am looking forward to my surgery despite my nerves. Last summer it was a two month long period and this year I stated having month long periods after I had a D&C. Enough is enough!
    Thanks for comment. It encourages me.

  12. You aren’t a bad person and there is no rhyme or reason as to why it’s ‘you’ and I’d love to be able to give you all the answers but we don’t have them. As for reading material I think you might like to start with 101 Handy Hints for a Happy Hysterectomy as it will help you prepare. You might also want to pick up The New Natural Alternatives to HRT by Marilyn Glenville as well – could be really helpful post op.

  13. I feel so alone my life has fell apart, I sit I cry and I am terrified. Apart from splitting up from my partner I have the dreaded C a word no lady wants to hear ever especially when you attend all smears and look after yourself.
    I am due to under go a radical hysterectomy, I know I have to do this but feel I cant as I will no longer be a woman that man can ever love or make love to. I have soft tissue sarcoma and to be honest I feel perhaps I would have been better off not knowing as this is a fairly new discovered cancer and not fully understood.
    I feel that perhaps I should take a gamble and continue life as I am scared of the side effects this operation may bring me: weight gain (just lost loads via Weight Watchers from size 18 to 10) additional hair growth in unwanted places, dryness, painful intercourse to name a few.
    Why me ?
    Am I bad person ?
    I wish I could get things straight but I seem to end up back at the cross roads.
    Can anyone please recommend some good reading material with answers……….

  14. Hi Lisa, I had mine at 32 and we do have younger women too – it is unusual to be that young but there are plenty of us about to talk too if you’d like to 🙂

  15. Im having a total abdominal hysterectomy at the start of July I’m not to nervous yet but I think I’m one of the younger ones at 32 I turn 33 a month after my op

  16. I had a laparascopic hysterectomy where everything was removed but my ovaries 14 weeks ago. The “dont do this dont do that” recovery about killed me as I am a person who is always on the go juggling a full time job and a family, but it was well worth it. I am now back up to full speed and I feel amazing. The 5 years of agony, back to front periods (bleeding for 3 weeks and stopping for 4 days) and the clotting have gone YIPPI. At 35 I feel for the first time in ages that I am in control. I have my life back and I am determined to make the most of it. I now have a sex life again and my marriage is better than ever. Anyone who is considering a hysterectomy, it is terrifying as it is the unknown and once its done you can’t change your mind and undo it but I knew that I could not carry on the way I was. You only have one life and before the operation I was only living half of it. I will never look back and my only regret is that I didn’t have it sooner.

  17. I think perhaps a dog walker might be the answer for a few weeks as you won’t be able to walk a small dog never mind three large ones 😉

  18. Due to go in for a total hysterectomy and am terrified….However, my main worry and concern is that i have 3 big dogs, which i love and walk for miles daily…..Unfortunately my GSDog is strong and aggressive and although i have no problems walking him, my daughter’s cant walk them as the dogs are too strong..
    I am so worried about recovery (even though im a strong person and quick healer)….as i want to know how long it will be till i can safely walk them again.
    Would dearly love some feed back please….
    Thank you in anticipation
    Meryl

  19. Good luck for the 1st May Lorraine. I had my hysterectomy 4 weeks ago now and am feeling great. I was so scared beforehand as I was diagnosed with cancer and was worried about the pain I would be in afterwards. Well, it was fine, no pain, not even a paracetamol was needed. Up and showered the next day and home on the following morning! I couldn’t believe it. I do still get bit tired and am careful what I lift but am pretty much back to normal. The best news is the lab results showed all the cancer has gone and I am clear. All thanks to the wonderful surgeons and nurses who were so kind at Brighton County Hospital. They saved my life, and at 71 I am so very grateful. All the best to you Lorraine, I hope you have a good experience like me.

  20. Hi Lorraine, I had my hysterectomy done 6 weeks ago now. I had a Laparascopic Total Hysterectomy .
    The op went well . The recovery has been slower than I expected though. I think the way the keyhole op was describe and being told I would only stay in overnight made my brain ‘belittle’ the op. I thought I would be bouncing around after a couple of weeks. I am not the most patient patient and find the aches and tirdness frustrating.
    Having said that in the long run I will recover well. I have had no bleeding as some suggest and my tiny scars (three) have healed well.
    As long as you set yourself realistic targets you will be fine.
    Wishing you well for the 1st May.

  21. Im 39 years of age and due to go in for a hysterectomy 1st may ,im in a bit of a state and feeling abit alone ,this site as really help me thankyou so much ,Lorraine

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