From CBS News, September 25, 2013
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Fortunately, there are more choices than ever before for the type of hysterectomy, as well as the surgical approach (open, vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomy).
Also referred to as an Abdominal Hysterectomy. Surgeons perform the majority of hysterectomies using an open approach. With open surgery, your doctor must make a large abdominal incision – large enough to fit his/her hands and instruments inside your body. While open surgery allows your surgeon to see and touch your organs, there are some drawbacks for patients due to the long incision.
Abdominal hysterectomy is performed in a hospital setting, and generally requires approximately two hours in the operating room. Patients are given general or spinal anesthesia plus sedation so that they feel no pain. Heart rate, blood pressure, blood loss, and respiration are closely observed throughout the procedure. After surgery, patients are transferred to the recovery room where they can be monitored while waking up. Most patients will then be transferred to a hospital room, where they will spend one to two nights.
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