There is a new type of hysterectomy currently being tested in the UK which is called SILS. It is a single-port access surgery, or single-incision laparoscopic surgery. The vast majority of women in the UK and abroad who have hysterectomies, typically have the traditional, invasive abdominal surgery (Total Abdominal Hysterectomy/Abdominal Hysterectomy).
With an abdominal incision a woman will be in hospital for around 3 – 5 days and then spend up to 13 weeks recovering. SILS would mean a much shorter stay in hospital with a quicker recovery time due to the lack of major abdominal wound. With SILS only a single small incision in the belly button is made that allows for the insertion of surgical instruments, once cut, the entire hysterectomy is performed through this incision.
For those who are less squeamish, a video is below that shows the procedure taking place.