Quality of life after laparoscopic and abdominal hysterectomy

Dutch researchers have reported on a four year project to follow a group of women who had received either an abdominal hysterectomy or a laparoscopic hysterectomy for benign conditions to find out if there was any difference in their quality of life post operatively.

They found that those women who had received a laparoscopic hysterectomy reported a better quality of life post operatively than those women who had received an abdominal hysterectomy. The recommendation is that for women where a vaginal hysterectomy is not feasible, that they are considered for laparascopic surgery instead.

There are three different types of laparoscopic hysterectomy and you can find out more information about each here:


  1. LOL, I know what you mean. We try not to do anything without having clear information to provide but that’s sometimes difficult to get hold of as we don’t have subscriptions to get the full papers….. 🙁

  2. Not comforting to read AFTER my abdominal hysterectomy 🙂 But this information is of little help without further info … differences in presenting ‘benign’ problems of the study group, preoperative expectations etc. I was aware that should my uterus be too large to remove vaginally that I would have the abdominal operation. Two and half weeks and I’m making good progress and weigh three kgs lighter than before the op … those were some darned big fibroids! I still have the menopause to come but hope that the next four years see a big improvement in my quality of life.

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