Surgical options availability 2017-01-28T09:40:58-06:00

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has established a general guideline for determining the best route of hysterectomy for a variety of clinical situations.

The routes for performing hysterectomy include: vaginal (removal of the uterus through the vaginal opening), abdominal (removal of the uterus through the abdomen via a surgical incision), and laparoscopic vaginal (vaginal removal of the uterus using thin tubes that are inserted through small incisions in the abdomen near the navel) (Obstetrics and Gynecology, June 2004: 103(6); 1321-1325).

The use of practice guidelines can help determine the best surgical approach for each individual’s needs (American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, December 2002: 187(6); 1521-1527). According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, after a vaginal hysterectomy, women often have less pain, a shorter hospital stay, and a faster recovery than after an abdominal hysterectomy.