Hysterectomy is one of the commonest gynecologic surgical procedures practiced in the United States. Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy (LSH) is a type of hysterectomy that allows the woman to retain her cervix while taking out the part of the uterus that causes the painful periods and heavy vaginal bleeding. There has been no published data to confirm that the cervix helps to maintain pelvic organ support. Many studies have shown the cervix as important for keeping normal sexual function following hysterectomy. Many other studies have also shown no difference in sexual function between groups of women undergoing hysterectomy with removal of their cervix compared to women without removal of the cervix. Laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that was developed during the 1990s as a treatment for abnormal uterine bleeding. The literature regarding this procedure, mainly case series and retrospective comparisons, suggests that laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy results in reduced operating time and blood loss and a quicker return to normal activity, compared with laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy.
Last date updated on September, 2014