Less-invasive hysterectomy option now available in Perham
Hysterectomy is the second most frequently performed operation for women, second only to Cesarean section. Women who need a hysterectomy have a new, less-invasive option at MeritCare Perham known as laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy (LSH).
The procedure causes less trauma to the body, making recovery much faster than with traditional surgery. Women who have LSH can be back to their normal activities in one to two weeks, compared to the six-week average recovery for a traditional hysterectomy.
LSH is now available at MeritCare Perham/Perham Memorial Hospital. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jaimie Deraney, OB/GYN, patients can call MeritCare Clinic Perham at 218-347-1200.
LSH uses a laparoscope, a thin, lighted instrument which acts like a video camera so the surgeon can clearly see a magnified view of the pelvic organs, along with small surgical instruments. They are all inserted through three to four tiny incisions (each less than ¼ inch big) in the navel and abdomen.
LSH offers many advantages in addition to a shorter recovery time. Often a woman can be home resting comfortably within a day or two. Because LSH does not require the surgeon to make two large abdominal incisions, a woman will not have the same kind of visible scar typical with most traditional surgeries. Complications from surgery are also reduced compared to traditional methods.