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Florida Hospital Cancer Institute offers the latest and most effective laparoscopic hysterectomy in Orlando for residents of Central Florida and the surrounding regions. In the past, this often meant major surgery, which not only left scarring, but also had numerous complications, including the risk of infection. In the past 15 years, however, great strides have been made in minimally invasive surgery, which leaves little scarring and drastically decreases the risk of complications. To learn more about how we treat gynecologic cancer with minimally invasive surgery in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

According to the American Cancer Society, one in three women can expect to have some form of cancer during their lifetime.

Minimally invasive surgery allows skilled surgeons to insert precision instrumentation through a relative small incision or a series of incisions. Using these instruments, doctors can diagnose, biopsy and remove tumors, destroy cancerous growths and relieve the discomfort and pain associated with some forms of cancer. Minimally invasive surgery may be used alone or in combination with other treatments, including chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

One of the most revolutionary procedures is robotic surgery. A new form of minimally invasive surgery, the surgeon uses the Gynecologic Oncology Center’s state-of-the-art da Vinci® robotic technology to perform the surgery through several small incisions. Micro-instruments are inserted through the incisions and real-time 3D imaging is used so the surgeon can make precise cuts, keeping surrounding nerves and tissues from being damaged. The benefits include a shorter hospital stay, less pain, blood loss and scarring, fewer infections and complications and the ability to return to a normal routine more quickly.

The benefits of minimally invasive surgery are a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery and less scarring. You are also able to return to a normal life sooner, since the surgery is not invasive.

Minimally invasive surgery isn't for every patient's individual diagnosis or condition.

Abdominal Hysterectomy

In an abdominal hysterectomy, the surgeon will detach the uterus from your ovaries, fallopian tubes and upper vagina. The lower part of the uterus, the cervix, may be left in place or removed. The procedure may also involve the removal one or both ovaries and the fallopian tubes (this is known as a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy).

One of the most common surgical procedures for women, an abdominal hysterectomy is preferred over a vaginal hysterectomy when the uterus is large of if your doctor needs to look at other pelvic organs to see if the cancer has spread.

A hysterectomy may be needed to address gynecologic cancer such as uterine or cervical cancer, the presence of fibroids, endometriosis, persistent vaginal bleeding, chronic pelvic pain or uterine prolapse.

Unfortunately, a hysterectomy means you can’t become pregnant. If you think you might want to become pregnant, you may want to discuss alternatives with your doctor.

Hysterectomies are fairly common procedures and considered safe.

Complications may include:

  • Blood clots
  • Infection
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Potential damage to the urinary tract, bladder or rectum, which may require follow up surgery
  • Early onset of menopause
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Vaginal Hysterectomy

When the uterus and cervix must be removed, one option for treatment is known as vaginal hysterectomy. 

In a vaginal hysterectomy, the vagina is stretched, then kept open using specially designed instruments. No external incisions are made, but an internal incision is made at the top of the vagina around the cervix.

Once the uterus and cervix are accessed, they are cut from their supporting ligaments and the connected blood vessels are cut and tied off. The uterus and cervix are then pulled through the vagina and the incision closed to keep the intestines from dropping downward.

In contrast to an abdominal hysterectomy, a vaginal hysterectomy is easier to recover from. There is no noticeable scarring and the patient can go home within 12 hours of surgery.

Complications are minimal. There will be some level of discomfort following the procedure since the vagina must be stretched. There is also a small chance of developing bleeding or infection.

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To learn more about how we treat gynecologic cancer with minimally invasive surgery in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

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