Routes for Hysterectomy: Vaginal and Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

In the United States, there are more than 600,000 hysterectomies performed each year. Today, hysterectomies can be performed abdominally, vaginally, or with laparoscopic or robotic assistance. When determining which route and method is best, doctors should use a structured approach that focuses on a patient's safety, cost-efficiency, and how to best meet a patient's unique medical needs.

While studies have found significant increases in the rates of innovative and minimally invasive hysterectomies being used, most hysterectomies are still performed through abdominal routes. Although treatment options will always vary from patient to patient, many experts and studies support vaginal and laparoscopic hysterectomy – when feasible – over abdominal procedures for the following for the following reasons:

  • Less risks of infections
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Quicker return to normal activity
  • More cost-effective

Selecting the most appropriate type of hysterectomy is a decision that should be made with your doctor after thorough evaluations. It is important to consider all factors during this process, including:

  • The condition being treated
  • Accessibility to the uterus
  • Uterine and vagina size and shape
  • Surgeon training and experience and available technology
  • The objectives and lifestyle of an informed patient

In addition to these factors, women should also explore alternatives to hysterectomy and ensure that their doctors – as well as doctors giving a second opinion – are able to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. Selecting the route for a hysterectomy is a significant part of your journey, and you should take the time to collect the information and support you need to arrive at an appropriate decision.

By using a structured approach that analyzes your available options, experienced doctors can help you reach this decision. Additionally, and Dr. Tamer Seckin himself can provide you with additional information about your unique situation. If you would like to learn more about selecting a route for hysterectomy and vaginal and laparoscopic hysterectomy, please complete a contact form today or call (347) 974-0647 for a second opinion.