Hysterectomy: Types of Surgical Incisions
Your surgeon will recommend one or more types of Reference hysterectomy Opens New Window (you may or may not have a choice, depending on your condition). An abdominal hysterectomy requires a larger incision. A vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomy uses small incisions.
Abdominal hysterectomy. Two types of surgical incisions are used for an abdominal hysterectomy.
- The midline incision is made from just below the belly button (umbilicus) straight down the abdomen to just above the pubic hairline.
- A transverse incision (bikini line) is made just above the pubic hairline.
Vaginal hysterectomy. During a vaginal hysterectomy, the incisions to remove the uterus are made on the inside of the vagina.
Laparoscopic hysterectomy. To allow insertion of a small viewing instrument (Reference laparoscope Opens New Window) and surgical instruments, small incisions are made in the abdomen.
The vaginal and laparoscopic techniques are sometimes combined.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 9, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology