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Hysterectomy

McLaren Central Michigan Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy (LSH)

McLaren Central Michigan and the physicians of the Women's Medical Center offer Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (TLH).

Unlike the traditional hysterectomy which requires a large abdominal incision and long recovery time four to six weeks), the TLH causes less stress to the body, reduces pain, has minimal scarring and a much shorter recovery time (as short as one week).

The LSH procedure uses a thin, lighted telescope-like instrument called a laparoscope, which acts like a video camera, along with small surgical instruments that are all inserted through three to four tiny incisions in the navel and abdomen. Using the instruments, the surgeon carefully separates the uterus and cervix from the vagina and removes it through the vagina. Because this type of surgery does not require the surgeon to make a large abdominal incision, a woman will not have the same kind of visible scar typical with most traditional "open" surgeries.