A Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy (LSH) is a laparoscopic hysterectomy that removes the uterus but preserves the cervix. Like other laparoscopic hysterectomies, two or three small incisions are made in the abdomen, as well as one just below the navel. Using the instruments, guided by the lighted laparoscope (which acts like a camera), the surgeon carefully separates the uterus from the cervix and then removes it through one of the openings.
The LSH, (as well as the LH), was developed for the purpose of reducing pain, minimizing scarring and shortening the recovery time. This procedure can be performed outpatient, giving you the ability to be back home, and resting comfortably less than 24 hours after the surgery. Most women are able to return to normal activities in approximately one week.
A total laparoscopic hysterectomy is performed just like a laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy (LSH). The primary difference is that both the uterus and the cervix are removed.
Like the LSH, the LH is beneficial in that it involves reduced pain, minimal scaring and a shorter recovery time. Performed on an outpatient basis, most women return to normal activities in approximately one week.