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For many women, undergoing a laparoscopic hysterectomy can be a better alternative to traditional abdominal, vaginal or total hysterectomies. After considering with your doctor, laparoscopic hysterectomies are minimally-invasive and involve fewer incisions, making them highly attractive as the operation is relatively painless with faster recovery times.
Q: How Long Does a Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Take?
During a laparoscopic hysterectomy, our doctors safely remove the uterus through the vagina using a laparoscope. The operation can take between 1 to 2 hours, with varying times based on previous surgeries or health complications. Many factors can impact the length of the operation, including previous cesarean sections. The more cesarean sections a patient may have had in the past, the longer the surgery can potentially take.
Some risks are associated for patients with previous cesarean sections. One of these risks is the higher chance of bladder injury during the operation. Depending on the situation and the severity of the issue, our doctors may have to proceed with a supra-cervical hysterectomy secondary to the dense adhesion between bladder and uterus.
Following the surgery, patients can generally expect a shorter hospital stay, as some are discharged immediately after the operation while others may need to stay for 24 hours. Since our laparoscopic hysterectomy is minimally-invasive, recovery time is typically two weeks and much shorter than traditional operations. While some patients may feel sore for a few days following the surgery, many can expect to feel better day-by-day afterwards.
About the Physician: Dr. Bui
Dr. Cindy Thanhhoa-Bui, M.D., is part of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and American Medical Association. She underwent her training from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed her residency at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
Joining the Plaza OB/GYN team in August 2014, Dr. Bui is passionate about making an impact in the Houston community and building lasting relationships with her patients. Her ob/gyn specializations include operative hysteroscopies, contraception and family planning, and high-risk pregnancies.