New Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Procedure Performed at KCH
January 29, 2007
Krishna Upputuri, MDl David H. Sui, MD; and Saira Rana, MD, DeKalb Clinic Ob/Gyns, recently began performing laparoscopic hysterectomies at Kishwaukee Community Hospital. The physicians performed this procedure many times at other medical facilities and recently brought their expertise to KCH.
KCH purchased a special piece of equipment for the procedure. During this laparoscopic procedure, the physician operates through three small incisions, approximately 1-1.5 cm each. Through these small incisions, they can view the uterus, tubes and ovaries using a camera attached to a telescope. Laparoscopic instruments are then used to detach the uterus from the inside of the woman’s body. The laparoscopic incisions are much smaller and much less uncomfortable than those of a traditional abdominal hysterectomy, Dr. Upputuri said.
Healing time following the procedure is very minimal. Patients are often up and walking a few hours after surgery. Without complications, only a single day of hospitalization may be necessary. Traditional hysterectomy procedures typically require up to three days of hospitalization and several weeks of recovery at home before returning to regular activities. Laparoscopic hysterectomy procedures significantly decrease the chance of bowel obstruction, a complication more commonly seen with traditional hysterectomy operations.
Laparoscopic hysterectomy is not recommended for all women, including those who have uterine cancer or multiple adhesions.