A hysterectomy used to involve a large incision and a lengthy recovery. Small-incision options emerged in recent years for women seeking to have their uterus removed. Now a new procedure is available ‚Ä’ one that leaves the cervix intact.
Drs. David Billings, James Bozeman and Arie Fischbach, all obstetrician/gynecologists with Trinity Medical Group, describe laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy, or LSH, as a minimally-invasive technique that lets the surgeon carefully separate the uterus from the cervix and remove it through one of three tiny abdominal incisions.
According to Dr. Billings, preservation of the cervix has certain advantages for women: Some research suggests that leaving the cervix in place may help reduce the risk of prolapse or loss of pelvic support. That’s a condition where the muscles and tissues supporting the pelvis weaken, causing the organs to fall from their normal position and in some cases even protrude into the vagina.”
He says evidence also suggests that LSH may have benefits with regard to urinary and sexual function. And since there is less manipulation of organs and tissue during the surgery