Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

To treat certain problems of the uterus, your doctor may suggest a procedure called laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH). LAVH combines laparoscopy and hysterectomy. Laparoscopy is used to look into the abdomen at the reproductive organs. Hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus.

What Is LAVH?
LAVH is a special form of hysterectomy — removal of the uterus. The uterus is a reproductive organ in the lower abdomen.

The uterus can be removed in two ways. When it is removed through a cut (incision) in the abdomen, the procedure is called an abdominal hysterectomy. When it is removed through the vagina, it is called a vaginal hysterectomy.

LAVH involves the use of a small, telescope-like device called a laparoscope. The laparoscope is inserted into the abdomen through a small cut. It brings light into the abdomen so that your doctor can see inside.

The laparoscope also can be used before hysterectomy to look at the pelvic organs to help your doctor see what conditions are present.

Reasons for LAVH
Hysterectomy may be offered as a treatment option for problems with the uterus.