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Types of Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

There are several types of laparoscopic hysterectomy. Depending on your needs, all or part of the uterus may be removed. In some cases, the ovaries and fallopian tubes are also removed. Your surgeon will discuss the options with you before surgery.

Total Hysterectomy

Front view of uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and vagina. Dotted line shows uterus and cervix removed.

A total hysterectomy means that the entire uterus is removed. It may be removed through the vagina. Or, it may be removed in pieces through small incisions in the abdomen.

Hysterectomy with Removal of Ovaries

Front view of uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and vagina. Dotted line shows uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, and ovaries removed.

In this procedure, the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes are removed. The organs may be removed through the vagina or in pieces through small incisions in the abdomen.

Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy (LSH)

Front view of uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and vagina. Dotted line shows part of uterus removed.

With this procedure, the top portion of the uterus is removed but the cervix is left in place. The uterus is removed in pieces through small incisions in the abdomen. This procedure may be done only if the cervix is healthy and you have never had a moderately or severely abnormal Pap smear.

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Last Annual Review Date: 5/15/2011
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