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Gynecologic surgeons at KishHealth System hospitals in DeKalb and Sandwich perform the following hysterectomy procedures in order to relieve severe pain and bleeding and improve uterine cancer survival rates:

  • Laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH)
  • Laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy (LSH)
  • Traditional vaginal hysterectomy
  • Abdominal hysterectomy

Interventional radiologists at Kishwaukee Hospital also perform uterine fibroid embolization, a non-surgical alternative to a hysterectomy.

Before your hysterectomy, you and your doctor will discuss how the uterus will be reached. Often, the approach your doctor recommends will depend on the reason for your surgery. You’ll also talk about the type of hysterectomy you will have. The uterus, as well as the ovaries and fallopian tubes, can be removed with any of the approaches detailed below.

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

During LAVH, small instruments used to view and move the organs are inserted through tiny incisions in the abdomen. The uterus is removed through the vagina. During LSH, the cervix is left in place and the rest of the uterus is removed through abdominal incisions.

Compared to traditional hysterectomy procedures, which typically require up to three days of hospitalization and several weeks of recovery at home, laparoscopic hysterectomy at KishHealth System usually requires only a single day of hospitalization (without complications).

Traditional Vaginal Hysterectomy

The uterus is removed through an incision in the vagina if the uterus is not too large or if it has dropped down into the vaginal canal.

Abdominal Hysterectomy

A 4- to 6-inch vertical or horizontal incision is made in the abdomen and the uterus is removed through this incision.

Hysterectomy Alternative

An alternative to surgical hysterectomy is uterine fibroid embolization. In short, interventional radiologists inject little particles or coils directly into the fibroid’s blood supply causing it to die.

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