Comparison of Minimally Invasive and Abdominal Hysterectomy

Using a minimally invasive approach to remove the uterus offers a number of benefits when compared to the more traditional open surgery used for an abdominal hysterectomy.  In general, an MIP allows for faster recovery, shorter hospital stays, less pain and scarring, and a lower chance of infection than does an abdominal hysterectomy. However open procedures are still required for certain indications for the surgery.

With a minimally invasive hysterectomy, women are generally able to resume their normal activity within an average of three to four weeks compared to four to six weeks for an abdominal hysterectomy. And the costs associated with an MIP are considerably lower than the costs associated with open surgery. There is also less risk of incision hernias with an MIP.

Not every woman is a good candidate for a minimally invasive procedure. The presence of scar tissue from previous surgeries, obesity, and health status can all affect whether or not an MIP is advisable. You should talk with your doctor about whether you might be a candidate for an MIP

Gynecological surgeons at Women’s Care Florida perform all of the various techniques depending on the surgical indications, appropriateness and patient preference. When considering a hysterectomy it is extremely important that you discuss the various options with your gynecological surgeon.

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