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Types of Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

There are several types of laparoscopic hysterectomy. Depending on your needs, all or part of the uterus may be removed. In some cases, the cervix, ovaries, or fallopian tubes are also removed. Your surgeon will discuss the options with you before surgery.

Front view of total hysterectomy showing uterus and cervix removed.

Total hysterectomy

A total hysterectomy means that the entire uterus is removed. It may be removed through the vagina. Or, it may be removed in pieces through small incisions in the abdomen.

Front view of hysterectomy showing uterus, ovaries, cervix, and fallopian tubes removed.

Hysterectomy with removal of ovaries

In this procedure, the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes are removed. The organs may be removed through the vagina or in pieces through small incisions in the abdomen.

Front view of supracervical hysterectomy showing part of the uterus removed with cervix intact.

Laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy (LSH)

With this procedure, the top portion of the uterus is removed. The cervix is left in place and may be closed at top. This procedure may be done if the cervix is healthy. The uterus is removed in pieces through small incisions in the abdomen. The ovaries and tubes may be removed during this type of hysterectomy if desired.

Online Medical Reviewer: Goode, Paula, RN, BSN, MSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Images reviewed by StayWell medical illustration team.
Online Medical Reviewer: Sacks, Daniel, MD, FACOG
Date Last Reviewed: 3/1/2017
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