Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy (LAVH) is a procedure using laparoscopic surgical techniques and instruments to remove the uterus (womb) and/or tubes and ovaries through the vagina.
Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy (LSH) is a much less invasive procedure than either abdominal or vaginal hysterectomy that leaves the cervix and its mucous glands in place thus avoiding vaginal dryness which can be one of the most common complaints that women have post hysterectomy. It is thought that the cervix may play a more significant part in women’s experiences of orgasm and sex post hysterectomy than had previously been thought.
A new report from Canada has suggested that too many women, especially those living outside big centres, are having hysterectomies when often another, less invasive treatment would solve their medical problems.
Up to 55,000 hysterectomy operations are carried out in the UK every year. It can and does help to ease many gynaecological complaints, including heavy and/or painful periods and endometriosis.
A model developed by Dr. William H. Parker from the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues has demonstrated that women who have their ovaries removed before the age of 55 have 8.58% excess mortality by age 80 and those who have them removed before the age of 59 have 3.92% excess mortality.
Researchers have demonstrated that both subtotal and total hysterectomy were equally effective in relieving symptoms, and that neither caused adverse effects on the function of other pelvic organs.